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Tlaib Defends Holocaust Comments, Blames Racists for Taking Her Out of Context

"You know, I got a text message from a friend who's like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify..."

By NTK Staff | 05.14.2019 @11:47am

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defended the controversial comments she recently made regarding the Holocaust, instead electing to blame “racist idiots” for taking her remarks out of context during an interview with Seth Meyers on Monday.

During an interview on a Yahoo! News podcast, Tlaib said “there’s kind of a calming feeling” when she thinks about the Holocaust.

“There’s kind of a calming feeling I always 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. I mean, 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, right, and it was forced on them. And so when I think about a one-state, I think about the fact that, why couldn’t we do it in a better way?”

Meyers asked Tlaib to provide “context” for her comments on Monday.

Tlaib reiterated that many of her ancestors had died to “provide a safe haven for Jews in our world.”

However, this comment by Tlaib is false, as pointed out by CNN’s John King on Monday.

“All of us deserve human dignity, no matter our backgrounds, no matter our ethnicity, no matter even our political opinions, we all deserve that kind of equality and justice. And, you know, for me, I wanted to uplift that and bring that to light, and it was unfortunate,” Tlaib continued. “You know, I got a text message from a friend who’s like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify. Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.'”

“I will continue to speak truth to power and continue to uplift my grandmother through love, and that’s all I can do is continue to share the human impact of what it means to be Palestinian in the occupied territories,” Tlaib said.

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