Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally demanded an apology surrounding the Holocaust comments said by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, only she wants the apology to come from President Trump.
As previously reported, Rep. Tlaib faced backlash after she made several misleading claims about the Palestinian response to the Holocaust.
Rep. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress and she claimed that thinking of the Holocaust gave her a “calming feeling” because Palestinians created a “safe haven” for Jews following the horrific events in Europe. She was called out by many who noted that Palestinians regularly attack Israel and sided with Hitler during the genocide.
Many top Republicans, including President Trump, went on social media and condemned Rep. Tlaib for her “lies” and “insensitive” comments.
“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?” tweeted President Trump.
“Here we go again: another anti-Semitic remark from another member of the Democrat Party. Rep. Tlaib’s hateful rhetoric has no place in the public discourse. When will Speaker Pelosi take a stand?” Kevin McCarthy tweeted.
While Republicans called on Democratic leadership to address Tlaib’s remarks, Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer instead demanded an apology from Republicans for trying to “misrepresent” the congresswoman’s comments.
“Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous. President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.” posted Pelosi.
While Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi clearly think that Rep. Tlaib’s comments were misrepresented and taken out of context, they failed to explain what they think she really meant.
Here you can read Tlaib’s full statement: “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, 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.”
Many Americans agreed with President Donald Trump that claiming the Holocaust can have a “calming feeling” is “insensitive.” And even CNN’s John King broke down the historical inaccuracies perpetuated by Rep. Tlaib, noting that the Palestinians did not support a “safe haven” for Jews following the Holocaust.
Many Americans who agreed with the Republican leadership on Rep. Tlaib’s comments took to social media to call out Nancy Pelosi for her apology demands.
It’s clear that the issue of anti-Semitism is going to be a continued controversy in Congress when both sides can’t come to an agreement on the historical atrocities of the Holocaust.