Kirsters Baish| On Monday, President Donald Trump chimed in with the rest of those condemning freshman Democratic Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib after she made extremely offensive comments about the Holocaust.
“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people,” the President tweeted. “Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?”
Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
Trump’s response came in the midst of fellow Republicans calling for Democratic leaders to “take action” against the freshman congresswoman from Michigan.
The Palestinian-American spoke about the Holocaust while making an appearance on the Yahoo News podcast, “Skullduggery.”
Tlaib stated while on the Friday podcast, “There’s always 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, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And, I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways, but they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”
Fox News reports:
The state of Israel was formed three years after the end of the Holocaust, although historians have pointed out that modern migration to the region had started decades earlier. The area was named Palestine at the time, although it was under British control.
Tlaib’s use of the phrase “calming feeling” in reference to the aftermath of the Holocaust is what has drawn backlash.
“There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance,” Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said in a statement. He continued, “More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact.”
Tlaib took to Twitter to respond to criticism on Sunday evening, insisting that her words were taken out of context.
Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work. 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. The truth will always win.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 13, 2019
She wrote, “Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work. 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. The truth will always win.”
Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar. D-Minn., have both come under fire for alleged anti-Semitism since joining Congress earlier this year. In past remarks, Omar has said that Israel has “hypnotized” the world to be blind to Israel’s “evil doings,” and has alleged that American support for the Jewish state is based on money. She has since apologized for those comments.