Rep. Ilhan Omar Defends Rashida Tlaib: Criticism Designed to Silence Muslim Voices

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Defends Rashida Tlaib: Criticism Designed to Silence Muslim Voices

Omar: "It is designed to silence, sideline, and sort of almost eliminate [the] public voice of Muslims from the public discourse."

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Rep. Ilhan Omar went to bat for her colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib in an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday.

Tlaib has been the target of intense criticism following her controversial remarks on a Yahoo News podcast, in which she stated that talking about the Holocaust gave her a "calming feeling." Critics also accused Tlaib of engaging in revisionist history by claiming that Palestinians welcomed Jews to the Middle East after World War II, when in fact Palestinian leader Grand Mufti Haj Amin el Husseini was an ally of Adolf Hitler and met with the Nazi dictator in 1941.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, however, insists that the outrage directed at Rep. Tlaib is "designed" to "silence" Muslim voices.

"I think we are seeing what happens when people really see these kind of attacks for what they are. It is designed to silence, sideline, and sort of almost eliminate [the] public voice of Muslims from the public discourse," Omar told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. "I'm really excited that we have an opportunity to build alliances and push back and fight this attempt to marginalize our community's voice."

WIBC host Tony Katz responds in today's Popcorn Moment.

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