House Majority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are calling on President Donald Trump and Republicans to apologize to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for criticizing her comment that she gets “a calming feeling” from thinking about the Holocaust.
On Monday, Pelosi posted a Tweet saying that Tlaib’s remark was being misrepresented in an effort to smear the Muslim congresswoman:
“Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous. President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.”
Sen. Sanders posted a similar claim on his Twitter page, accusing Trump of “ugly attacks against Muslim women in Congress”:
“Mr. President: Stop dividing the American people up by their religion, their race or their country of origin--and stop your ugly attacks against Muslim women in Congress. You are taking Rep. @RashidaTlaib's comments out of context and should apologize.”
As CNSNews.com reports, Rep. Tlaib made her controversial remarks in an interview published on Saturday:
Talking about Israeli-Palestinan relations, Rep. Tlaib said, “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," said the congresswoman.
"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, right? And it was forced on them," she said.
In a Monday tweet, Pres. Trump decried the congresswoman’s “horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust,” adding that she “obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.” Other Republicans, like House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wy.), have also denounced Rep. Tlaib’s Holocaust remarks.