This morning Trump took a swing at Rashida Tlaib for comments she made on the Holocaust that got a lot of criticism over the weekend:
Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
So what exactly did Tlaib say that was so horrible and highly insensitive?
Here’s what Steve Scalise said about Tlaib’s comments:
There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance. More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact.”
According to Ed Morrissey, who I think is right on the money about this, Tlaib is being criticized for the wrong thing. He points out that “the criticism has mainly fallen on Tlaib’s wording, which was clumsy and sounded offensive when clipped out of context. Tlaib didn’t express “warm feelings” about the Holocaust itself…”
When I listened to the audio above, it sounded to me like Tlaib was suggesting that the Palestinians giving the Jews ‘refuge’ after the Holocaust was what gave her a calming feeling, not the Holocaust itself. So I totally agree with Ed here.
Which brings us to the real point of criticism, which is her blatantly inaccurate view of history. The Palestinians never gave the Jews a place of refuge after the Holocaust, because they weren’t even there yet like they are today. I’ll let Ed Morrissey take it from here:
This is utter nonsense in several ways. The Palestinians didn’t offer anyone “safe haven” for the Holocaust, nor was it thrust on them. Jews had lived in the region for millennia, and the Diaspora had begun returning in the late 19th century with the Zionist movement. The Ottoman government didn’t take much of an interest in it at the time, and then the British seized the region after World War I as part of the Sykes-Picot arrangement of the post-Ottoman Middle East. The British pledged to provide Jews a safe homeland before that war, and followed through — although while still insisting on it being part of the British Empire.
If anyone provided a “safe haven,” it was the British, but in truth Jews had been building a revitalized homeland for decades before the Holocaust. It was the somewhat-bizarre partition after independence that set off the chain reaction leading to where we are today. The Arabs, who had only lightly populated what they call “Palestine” now, resisted the idea of a Jewish state when Israel achieved independence. For decades prior to that, however, Arab states had also been ejecting Jews from all over the Middle East too, forcing many to relocate to Israel. Hebron would be one good example of the quality of the “safe haven” offered by Palestinians, for that matter, and a pretty good example of what would come if Tlaib got the solution she wanted.
Ed points out that what Tlaib really wants is to establish a Palestinian state in Israel via ‘democracy’:
What Tlaib suggests is the end of partition and establishing a state of Palestine in its place. She wants to end the idea of a Jewish state by forcing Israel to fully annex the West Bank and Gaza and offer the full vote to all residents. She cloaks this in democratic language, but the end result would be the extinction of a Jewish homeland — and Tlaib well knows it. She also tells Yahoo that protection of the Jews is something the new state would have to settle on its own. I’d bet the Israelis don’t see that as glibly as Tlaib does.
He’s right that Tlaib knows this, just like every other Palestinian who has ever chanted “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free”.
So yes, Trump is right in suggesting that Tlaib has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Not because of her ‘calming’ remark however, but rather her vision that ends with the extinction of the Jewish homeland.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention something huge regarding Tlaib’s invented history of how the Palestinians gave the Jewish people refuge. It was in fact the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem who was an ally to Hitler in trying to bring about the ‘final solution’: