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Rashida Tlaib Recalls Friend’s Advice in Wake of Holocaust Controversy: Talk Like ‘4th Grader’ So ‘Racist Idiots’ Understand

Rep. Rashida Tlaib spoke out about the controversy surrounding her Holocaust remarks Monday night.

On Friday, Tlaib — a freshman Congresswoman who is Palestinian-American  — said this: “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.”

She added: “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.”

Her words sparked ire, especially among conservatives, including Sen. Ted Cruz who told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tlaib’s comments were “horrifying.” 

In response, during her conversation with Meyers, Tlaib was asked to provide context for her controversial remarks, especially her use of the word “calming.”

Tlaib said this:

“For folks that don’t know, I mean, my grandmother — my living grandmother, my mom’s mom, lives in the West Bank, in occupied territories of Palestine. And what’s incredibly — you know, the tragedy of the Holocaust — I mean, the reason why Israel was created was to create a safe haven for Jews around the world and there is something, in many ways, beautiful about that my ancestors, many had died or had to give up their livelihood, their human dignity to provide a safe haven for Jews in our world. And that is something I wanted to recognize and kind of honor in some sort of way. But I also think it’s important. Because I want the Palestinian people also to find some sort of, you know, light in this kind of what’s happening. But also, you know, in the end, I said I want all of us to feel safe all of us deserve human dignity, no matter our backgrounds, no matter ethnicity no matter even our political opinions we all need — deserve that kind of equality and justice.”

She also recounted the advice her friend gave her in wake of the controversy.

“And you know, for me, I wanted to uplift that and bring that to light,” Tlaib continued on. “And it was unfortunate 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.'”

The friend’s advice drew applause from the audience.

Tlaib then said she would continue to “speak truth to power” and uplift her grandmother in love.

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