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Tlaib Doubles Down On Holocaust Comments, Says It’s Not Her Fault ‘Racist Idiots’ Don’t Understand

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib doubled down Monday on comments about the Holocaust that sparked backlash.

Speaking to late-night TV host Seth Meyers, Tlaib argued that she shouldn’t have to speak like a “fourth grader” to make sure that “racist idiots” understand what she means.

Fox News anchor Sandra Smith replayed Tlaib’s comments Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom.”

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“There is something like in many ways beautiful about that my ancestors, many had died or had to give up their livelihood, human dignity, to provide a safe haven for Jews in our world,” Tlaib told Meyers. “I got a text message from a friend, who’s like, hey next time really clarify. Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.”

Republican Tennessee Rep. David Kustoff responded to Tlaib’s comments, saying that the effect was cumulative.

“We have seen really other Democrat members throughout the last three or four months make these anti-Semitic remarks,” he explained. “They are cumulative. They pile up and at some point, we really need to see the Democratic leadership stand up and take a stand to show the nation and really the world that Congress won’t tolerate these type of remarks.”

Most Palestinians, following the Holocaust, however, did not “give up their livelihoods to provide a safe haven for the Jews.”

Rather, the Palestinian leader Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, met with Hitler in 1941, when it looked very much like the German dictator was going to win control of most of Europe. In that meeting, al-Husseini asked for an official German declaration in favor of “the elimination of a Jewish national home” in Palestine — which had been ordered but not yet established following the Paris peace conference in 1919. He also confirmed to Hitler that the Nazis and the Palestinians had shared enemies in “the English, the Jews and the communists.”

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, while stopping short of calling Tlaib’s remarks anti-semitic, agreed that her understanding of history was lacking.

In spite of Tlaib’s apparent revision of history, some Democrats, including the party leaders, have rallied behind her and claimed that her remarks were simply “taken out of context.” (RELATED: Top House Dems Defend Tlaib, Demand GOP Apologize To Her After Criticism Of Holocaust Remarks)

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