In an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning, House Republican conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney blasted calls from Democratic leaders that she should apologize for condemning Rep. Rashida Tlaib's comments about Palestine and the Holocaust and mocked Tlaib's joke that she should talk like a fourth grader so "racist idiots" won't take her comments out of context.
"I think most fourth graders know what the Holocaust was, and she apparently doesn't," Cheney said.
Cheney said she would not apologize, instead saying: "I'm sorry that there are so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic caucus."
"What Tlaib is doing isn't Holocaust denial but very close," she added.
STEVE DOOCY, FOX NEWS: Outrage continues for comments congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made about the Holocaust.
REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: There's always kind of a calming feeling I 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. I mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews
DOOCY: Well, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even calling out President Donald Trump and some House Republicans, saying they should apologize to Tlaib for condemning her comments. House Republican conference chair Liz Cheney has been one of the loudest voices condemning Tlaib's comments she joins us right now from our nation's capital. Good morning to you.
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Good morning, Steve, thank you for having me.
DOOCY: So are you going to apologize?
CHENEY: I'm sorry that there are so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic caucus. And, you know, we went yesterday from a situation where the Democratic leadership in the House had sort of been enabling this anti-semitism by their silence. Yesterday was different. Yesterday we had both Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer stand up and defend those comments that you just played. There is just no context in which it is okay to say that a "calming feeling" comes over you when you think about the Holocaust. It's sickening. And then, of course, Representative Tlaib went on to talk about this view of history that is based on lies. Exactly the kind of anti-Semitic lies that are spread to delegitimize the state of Israel. Of course, the Palestinian leadership during World War II actually worked with Adolf Hitler. So it is really gone beyond the pale now with the leadership and house actually defending this kind of thing.
DOOCY: She was on with Seth Meyers last night she had this comment. We want your comment about this. Watch.
REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: There is something, in many ways, beautiful about that my ancestors, many had died or had to give up their livelihood, their human dignity to provide a safe haven for Jews... I got a text message from a friend who’s like, 'Hey, next time, you know, really clarify. Maybe talk like a fourth grader. Because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.'
DOOCY: Okay. What do you think about that?
CHENEY: I think most fourth graders know what the Holocaust was, and she apparently doesn't. We have a situation today where those of us who are elected officials and particularly elected officials in the House of Representatives where this anti-Semitism is rising within our body have an obligation to stand up and to stop it. And, you know, I would just say that when the Democratic leadership allows this to go on, when their members continue to speak in ways that are fundamentally anti-Semitic. You had a column this morning with a reporter who was noting that what Tlaib is doing isn't Holocaust denial but very close. And it just completely goes to delegitimize the notion that there were Jewish people in Israel prior for thousands of years. But it's absolutely despicable and got to stop.