President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy swirling around Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s comments about Israel and the Holocaust, accusing the Michigan Democrat of having “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Here are Tlaib’s remarks, made on a Yahoo News podcast, that have top Republicans in a tizzy:
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.
Trump tweeted in response: “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?”
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
Trump has, of course, faced frequent allegations of anti-Semitism himself.
Tlaib responded to the backlash on Twitter, writing that “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,” she wrote. “I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win.”
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