Rashida Tlaib Defends Comments on Holocaust Amid ‘Vile Attacks’ from ‘Bankrupt Republican Leadership’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is defending herself from “vile attacks” spewed by Republicans, arguing that her comments on the Palestinian response to the Holocaust are being taken severely “out of context.”

During an interview on with a Yahoo podcast titled “Skullduggery” last Friday, Tlaib stated that it gives her a “calming feeling” when she thinks about what resulted from the Holocaust’s genocide because her Palestinian ancestors helped “to create a safe haven for Jews” in the Middle East.

Read Tlaib’s statement below (emphasis added):

“There’s, you know, there’s kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports and just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews.”

However, in attempt to further their branding of Tlaib as an anti-Semite, Republicans have been cropping the congresswoman’s comment to solely reflect the first part of the statement, promoting that the Holocaust gives her a “calming feeling,” without including the full context. As IJR Red reported, she took major heat.

This includes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) who, on Saturday, called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Hoyer (D-Md.) to “finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks,” adding that “this must cross the line, even for them.”

In response to Cheney’s “attack” on Tlaib, the Michigan congresswoman released a statement condemning “Republican lies” while explaining how the discussion “of her ancestors [being] involved in helping those tragically impacted in the Holocaust” has been misconstrued by the GOP.

“Once again, Republican leaders and right-wing extremists are spreading outright lies to incite hate,” the statement reads. “Congresswoman Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself for using the tragedy of the Holocaust in a transparent attempt to score political points.”

The statement went on to emphasize that “this behavior by a bankrupt Republican leadership is dangerous and only increases hateful rhetoric to those who want to cause harm to oppressed people.”

“The Republican Party has reached a new low,” it concludes.

On Monday, President Donald Trump unsurprisingly decided to join in on the bashing of congresswoman Tlaib.

“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”

However, over the weekend, Tlaib let it be known that she’s not backing down to Republicans who are twisting her narrative to “ignite vile attacks” warning them that they will “fail miserably.”

“Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work,” the congresswoman tweeted on Sunday. “All of you who are trying to silence me will fail miserably.”

“I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda,” she insisted, affirming that “the truth will always win.”

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Otis
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Pontiac may be a Palestinian stronghold, but I assume most people in Michigan are embarassed by this loudmouth like most Floridans were/are chagrined by Debbie Wasserman -Schultz.

James
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What about all the Native American Indians who lost land and a lot of people? Don’t hear much crying from them; only a lot of braying from ungrateful foreigners pretending to be American citizens. Shut up, Tlaib.

General Confusion
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“I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda,” she insisted, affirming that “the truth will always win.” article

Tlaib is confused. The vile Republicans will never give up and she may not always win. We see the same thing here on IJR and it is disgusting. They have no bounds which will limit their hate and racism, therefore this kind of attack will continue even after KDTL is not in office.

General Confusion
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Ryan Grim said it best.

“If there was a third Muslim woman in Congress, the House wouldn’t even have time for infrastructure week in between all the ginned-up attacks on them.”

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James
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Morte206
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The truth Congresswoman is that you are an anti-Semite.

General Confusion
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It looks to me as if you are confused as to what truth is. You are letting yourself be played.

Blue
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Tlaib & Omar Both need to GO, as in Back to their Family’s Original Homelands!!

James
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Maybe they can convince Marxist AOC to go with them back to their sh**holes. {Two thumbs UP on your post.]

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