US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (right) and other lawmakers attend a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on May 9. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Top Democratic Pols Back Tlaib Following Controversial Holocaust Remarks

US Democratic leaders rallied behind lawmaker Rashida Tlaib after President Donald Trump and other Republicans criticized her over comments she made about the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer both issued statements on Twitter saying that Trump and other Republicans had distorted her remarks and should apologize to the Palestinian-American congresswoman. On the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” last week, the Michigan representative said, in response to a question regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that she has a “calming feeling” when she thinks of her Palestinian ancestors who “lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence” to “create a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust.” Trump tweeted that Tlaib “obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon said on Twitter: “You should take some time to learn the history before trying to rewrite it.”

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