Rashida Tlaib’s Holocaust comments incite rage and condemnation: “vile antisemitism…”

Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been receiving negative press over the weekend after an interview that was published Friday on Yahoo! News podcast Skullduggery where she made inflammatory comments about the Jewish people and the Holocaust.

Tlaib, who is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress told her interviewer that she feels “calm” when thinking about the event surrounding the deaths of millions of Jewish people.

“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,” Tlaib said during the podcast according to The DailyMail.

“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.”

Tlaib’s comments against the Jewish people received immediate backlash from other lawmakers, including Rep. Liz Cheney:

“Surely now @SpeakerPelosi⁩ & ⁦@LeaderHoyer⁩ will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling,’” Cheney tweeted.

“No one should ever receive a ‘calming feeling’ when thinking about the Holocaust. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s comments are completely unacceptable and reveal a disturbing, warped view of history,” Republican Rep. Mark Green chimed in.

“@RashidaTlaib says the Holocaust gives her ‘a calming feeling’ calling for a 1 state solution putting Jews in the minority & out of power of their own country,” Congressman Lee Zelden of New York said. “This is a heart filled w darkness & how the Holocaust began in 1st place. Listen @ 28 min mark.”

President Donald Trump also weighed in, agreeing with the push against Tlaib’s comments.

“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust,” Trump tweeted on Monday.

“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?”

Tlaib seemed to attempt damage control, later tweeting that her words were being twisted and used against her:

“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. I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win.”