Wednesday, June 03, 2020

(JNS) U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) doubled down this week her criticism of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who recently said that Palestinians enabled a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust.

Cheney also doubled down on her criticism of Democratic House leadership not condemning Tlaib’s remark.

“It’s sickening. People can have disagreements. Certainly, when I was working at the State Department, we had disagreements about what’s sort of the overall structure for working toward peace should look like,” she said at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. “But what you are seeing today out of some of my colleagues on the Democratic side in the House is a kind of vitriol of anti-Semitism.”

The comments by Cheney were the latest in a back and forth she has been having with Tlaib on Twitter.

“Surely now @SpeakerPelosi & @LeaderHoyer will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling,’” tweeted Cheney on Sunday.

Cheney served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs from 2002 to 2004, when her father, Dick Cheney, was vice president.

Regarding Tlaib, Cheney said that what the Michigan congresswoman said “was a set of lies to delegitimize the State of Israel.”

“There is no context in which saying the Holocaust gives a calming feeling is OK,” added Cheney. “The rise in anti-Semitism is deeply concerning, if you’re afraid to speak out against it, it becomes an accepted part of discourse.”


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