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Pelosi Demands Trump, GOP Apologize to Rep. Tlaib: ‘Desperate Attempts to Smear’ Her Are ‘Outrageous’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on Monday defending Rep. Rashida Tlaib, whose recent comments about the Holocaust and Israel have drawn outrage from Republican lawmakers.

“Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous,” Pelosi wrote. “President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.”

Tlaib’s remarks, made on Yahoo News’ Skullduggery podcast, were confounding, and as many have pointed out, ahistorical:

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.

The comments drew a furious response from Tlaib’s Republican colleagues in the House, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), as well as President Donald Trump, who accused Tlaib of having “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”

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