Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) defended fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib(D-Mich.) on Monday after President Trump attacked Tlaib on Twitter, accusing him of trying to "sow division between minority communities."
"You praised people at a neo-Nazi rally," tweeted Omar, like Tlaib one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress last year.
Trump earlier Monday accused Tlaib of harboring “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people” in response to comments she made about the Holocaust.
“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust,” Trump tweeted. “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?”
Tlaib said in a recent interview that she has a “calming feeling” when she thinks about the genocide because of her Palestinian ancestors who “lost their land” and “lost their lives” amid an effort “to create a safe haven for Jews” in the Middle East, even though it was “forced on them” and took away their “human dignity.”
Congressional Republican leaders, including Reps. Steve Scalise (La.) and Liz Cheney (Wis.) have sharply criticized Tlaib, accusing her of saying she felt she had a “calming feeling” about the Holocaust itself and not the events surrounding the creation of Israel.
Trump has previously criticized Omar for comments she has made about Jews and Israel, including calling on her to resign. Read more at The Hill