Rep. Rashida Tlaib told "Late Night" host Seth Meyers Monday night that her comments about the Holocaust on Yahoo's "Skullduggery" podcast were taken out of context by "racist idiots" and joked that she will speak at a 4th grade level from now on so they will understand.
"Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust," President Donald Trump tweeted Monday morning. "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?"
REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: For folks that don’t know, I mean, my grandmother -- my living grandmother, my mom’s mom -- lives in the West Bank, in occupied territories of Palestine.
And what’s incredible, you know, the tragedy of the Holocaust, I mean, the reason why Israel was created was to create a safe haven for Jews around the world. And 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 in our world. And that is something I wanted to recognize and kind of honor in some sort of way.
But I also think it’s important. Because I want the Palestinian people also to find some sort of, you know, light in this kind of what’s happening. But also, you know, in the end, I said I want all of us to feel safe all of us deserve human dignity, no matter our backgrounds, no matter ethnicity no matter even our political opinions we all need and deserve that kind of equality and justice.
And you know, for me, I wanted to uplift that and bring that to light. And it was unfortunate you know, 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.'
So I will continue to speak truth to power and continue to uplift my grandmother through love and that’s all I can do is continue to share the human impact of what it means to be Palestinian in the occupied territories.