Appearing on NBC’s Late Night on Monday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) suggested she may have to “talk like a fourth grader” in order to get through to “the racist idiots” who were offended by her comment that thinking of the Holocaust gives her “a calming feeling.”
When Host Seth Meyers gave the Muslim congresswoman a chance to clarify her controversial remark, Tlaib responded by saying that she was trying to honor her ancestors who had suffered greatly “to create a safe haven for Jews” – and that she might have to talk with a fourth grader to get the “racist idiots” to understand her point:
“There is something, like, in many ways beautiful about that my ancestors, many had died, or had to give up their livelihood, their human dignity, to create a safe haven for Jews around the world. And, that is something that I want to recognize and kind of honor, in some sort of way.”
“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.
“So, it's just - you know, I will continue to speak truth to power and continue to uplift my grandmother through love and that's all I can do, is continue to share the human impact of what it means to be Palestinian in the occupied territories.”
Rep. Tlaib sparked controversy over the weekend, when an interview with her was published, in which she 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.”
House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have called on President Donald Trump and Republicans to apologize to Tlaib for criticizing her Holocaust remarks.