Pointing to the example of Nazi Germany in defense of controversial pro-BDS legislation, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said that the rise of the Adolf Hitler proved that a little bit of anti-Semitism really isn’t that big a deal.
“Some are calling this legislation anti-Semitic because it says that people should refuse to do business with Israeli Jews, but you know what?” she said during a speech on the House floor. “People have said a lot of things were anti-Semitic. Like when the Nazis took over Germany, people said they were anti-Semitic.”
“And I mean, that never really went anywhere. Just kind of flamed out,” she continued. “So that shows you, don’t go out making a big deal just because someone does something that might be a little bit anti-Semitic.”
Tlaib’s remarks quickly came under fire, with critics noting that Hitler in fact killed six million Jews and triggered the second World War. But Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came to her defense, saying the Nazis were victims of Republican racism.
“The Notsees (sic) were definitely people of color,” she tweeted. “Why else would they call them the brown shirts?”