CNN Fact Checks Rashida Tlaib’s ‘Ill-Advised’ Holocaust Comments: ‘She Can’t Rewrite’ History


The comments made by freshman Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib the Holocaust and Israel have been the subject of a lot of cable news segments and media articles over the last few days, most in the “conservatives pounce” style. CNN’s John King on Monday began a segment on the comments with some GOP reaction framing, but broke form to also discuss the actual words Tlaib spoke.

King was speaking with his guests, and specifically addressed his commentary in the above clip to CNN Global Affairs Analyst Aaron David Miller.

“Now, calming is at best an awkward word choice in any sentence referencing the Holocaust and one readily made for Republican critics, including the president of the United States,” said King to start. He showed Trump’s tweet, and then Rep. Tlaib’s tweeted response as well. He blamed the GOP a minute more, but then added that Tlaib “also fails a critical fact and context test.”

“Yes, as she said, Palestinians lost land in the creation of Israel, but she ignored the fact that Palestinian leaders at the time allied themselves with Hitler and the total war is how the Arab world reacted to the declaration of Israeli independence,” said King.

Turning to Miller, King asked, “in the sense that she can’t rewrite that history and you can’t project revisionist history, so why?”

“First of all, I think there ought to be a ban on the deployment or employment of Holocaust imagery and metaphor in Washington politics. Every time it’s used and deployed, and has been, by Republicans, Democrats, it’s wrong,” said Miller. “Genocide is not a unique event, but the willful murder, systematic organized murder of six out of seven million European Jews is a unique event. And every time it’s done it leads to misunderstanding and antagonism.”

He then fact-checked her actual position, the belief that she finds “calming.”

“She also has her history wrong, I mean, on two points,” said Miller. “Number one, it’s an arguable proposition even had there been no Holocaust. Most of the institutions of the current state of Israel were in place before Hitler started killing Jews. So the Holocaust added urgency and international support, but I suspect with or without it the state of Israel would have come into being.”

“On this notion that Palestinians either negatively or positively helped to create a safe haven for Jews,” he continued. “The reality is that the Arabs in Palestine, Haj Amin el-Husseini, the grand mufti, in Nazi Germany, collaborating and cooperating with the Nazis about what would happen if Rommel’s Korps had been successful in Egypt and been present in Palestine– they were considering extermination of the entire Jewish community there as well.”

“So this was ill-timed, ill-advised, and I think clearly is simply going to antagonize and polarize the already polarized debate in Washington,” he said.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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