Right wing politicians want you to know that Jews will not replace them
Oh wait, that came out wrong. They want you to know that anti-Semitism is really really bad — so bad that it’s important to fabricate an example of it by bad faith selective quotation, just to remind everybody that Hitler was a socialist (it was right there in the name. Not a lot of people know that):
Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib defended her recent comments about Israel and the Holocaust Sunday after drawing criticism from top Republicans and Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, accusing her detractors of purposefully mischaracterizing her remarks.
Speaking on an episode of Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast that was released Friday, Tlaib was asked about her support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She began by noting the recent observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day before veering into the historic position of the state of Israel.
“There’s kind of a calming feeling I always 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.
She continued, “I mean, 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, right, and it was forced on them. And so when I think about a one-state, I think about the fact that, why couldn’t we do it in a better way?”
When asked whether advocating for a one-state solution could be seen as reckless, Tlaib replied, “No, I’m coming from a place of love, for equality and justice, I truly am.”
“I want a safe haven for Jews,” she added. “Who doesn’t want to be safe? I am humbled by the fact that it was my ancestors that had to suffer for that to happen, but I will not turn my back and allow others to hijack it and say that it’s some extremist approach because they’re coming from a place of… whatever it is… of division, inequality.”
And we’re off:
Tlaib’s comments quickly became fodder for top Republicans and right-wing websites.
President Donald Trump on Monday said the comments were “horrible and highly insensitive” and demonstrated a “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of GOP House leadership, and the depraved spawn of war criminal Dick Cheney, called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her No. 2, Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer, to “take action” against Tlaib, incorrectly claiming that Tlaib associated a “calming feeling” with the Holocaust and the resulting deaths.
“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.
It turns out Steny Hoyer wasn’t going for any of this:
In a statement to CNN on Monday, Hoyer, who is the House majority leader, said Tlaib deserves an apology from Trump and congressional Republicans, whom he accused of taking the congresswoman’s comments “out of context.”
Hopefully Pelosi et. al. will give Liz et. al. what for in an unambiguous manner.