House Republican leaders demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “take action” against Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Sunday after Tlaib said that the thought of the Holocaust afforded her “kind of a calming feeling” in part because in its aftermath, the Palestinians helped create “a safe haven for Jews.”
“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,” Tlaib said on the podcast’s most recent episode, published Friday. “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.”
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, made these comments while discussing the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians – one which she has gone on record siding against strong U.S. ally Israel – during an appearance on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”
Tlaib claims ‘Islamophobia’ among Democrats may be why Omar was criticized by own party. After the Holocaust, many Jewish refugees migrated to areas which are now considered part of the Palestinian territories. Many historians have pointed out, however, that migration to the region had begun decades prior.
“There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said in a statement. “More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact.
“Unfortunately, this is far from the first display of heinous anti-Semitic comments coming from Democrat House members this year, and it’s clear this is now the norm for their caucus,” Scalise added. “It’s long past time for Speaker Pelosi to take swift action and make it clear that these vile comments have no place in Congress.”
Pelosi has stood by time and time again as Democratic congress members have made evil anti-Semitic statements. Her silence proves that intolerance on the left is the new norm and has reached an all-time high.
House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Tlaib’s comments were “sickening” and called on Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., “to finally take action against Representative Tlaib and other members of the Democratic caucus who are spreading vile anti-Semitism.”
“All of us, regardless of party, must stand as Americans against the evil of anti-Semitism,” added Cheney, the third-ranking Republican member of the House. “If the Democratic leadership continues to stand by in silence, they are enabling the spread of evil. History teaches us that anti-Semitism begins with words and becomes something far worse. Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer must act now.
Sunday evening, Tlaib issued a response via twitter saying: “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.”
“Once again, Republican leaders and right-wing extremists are spreading outright lies to incite hate,” Tlaib spokesman Denzel McCampbell said in a statement Sunday night. “Congresswoman Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself for using the tragedy of the Holocaust in a transparent attempt to score political points. Her behavior cheapens our public discourse and is an insult to the Jewish community and the millions of Americans who stand opposed to the hatred being spread by Donald Trump’s Republican party.”
While it’s obvious that Republicans were rightfully criticizing Tlaib for her unthinkable comments rather than using the tragedy of the Holocaust to “score political points, it’s worth mentioning that using tragedies to advance their political agenda IS something that Democrats do with every major shooting that occurs in this country.
Tlaib, accompanied by fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has become a lightning rod for critics who have called her out for promoting anti-Semitic activists and rhetoric. Last month, the Zionist Organization of America called for the Democrats to expel Tlaib and pull her committee assignments over her “anti-Israel record” and her association with “terrorists, anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists.” The more time Tlaib spends in office, the more she exposes her true self. It is dangerous to have a clear anti-Semite serving in Congress. What’s even more concerning, this behavior is being overlooked and even condoned by other Democrats.