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Democratic leaders back Muslim lawmaker after Holocaust comments



FILE PHOTO - U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listens during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the "Trump Administration's Response to the Drug Crisis-Part II" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis



Democratic leaders on Monday rallied behind a freshman Muslim Democrat lawmaker on Monday after President Donald Trump and other Republicans attacked her over comments about the Holocaust and Palestinians.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer both issued statements on Twitter saying Trump and other Republicans should apologize to Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American from Michigan and one of two Muslim women in Congress. Presidential candidate and senator Bernie Sanders also weighed in.


On the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” last week, Tlaib was asked about her support for a one-state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.


In a rambling answer, she said: “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.




Reuters



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