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Rep. Rashida Tlaib: I Get "a Calming Feeling" When I Think of Holocaust

Tlaib: "No, I'm coming from a place of love, for equality and justice, I truly am."

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Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib is standing by her recent anti-Semitic remarks about Israel and the Holocaust, after the congresswoman stated on a nationally prominent podcast that she gets "a calming feeling" when thinking about the Holocaust.

Speaking on an episode of Yahoo News' "Skullduggery" podcast that was released Friday, Tlaib voiced her support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and her views on the recent observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"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.

"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," she continued. "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?"

Gross, no? There's more (if you can stomach it) from the folks at CNN:

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."

".⁦‪@RashidaTlaib⁩, your words are both grossly#antiSemitic and ignorant," he tweeted at the congresswoman. "You should take some time to learn the history before trying to rewrite it."

Tlaib, in turn, accused her critics of "trying to silence" her and advance a "racist and hateful agenda."

"Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work," she tweeted later Sunday. "All of you who are trying to silence me will fail miserably. I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win."

Tlaib's office also later put out a statement explaining her remarks.

"The Congresswoman did not in any way praise the Holocaust, nor did she say the Holocaust itself brought a calming feeling to her," spokesman Denzel McCampbell said. "In fact, she repeatedly called the Holocaust a tragedy and a horrific persecution of Jewish people."

WIBC host Tony Katz discussed Rep. Tlaib's blatantly anti-Semitic remarks during his Tuesday morning broadcast.

"So we have these comments connected to her total history revisionism; she lied. Revisionist history is a lie. She lied, and then she not only lied on the podcast, but then she went to NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and lied again. You noticed; CNN noticed. That's what smart people do."

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