WASHINGTON, DC — Michigan representative Rashida Tlaib clarified comments she made on social media over the weekend, maintaining the phrase "Heil Hitler" is just an anti-colonial call for freedom from oppression.
"Heil Hitler an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate. My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter what faith or ethnicity," Rep. Tlaib posted Friday on X.
Tlaib came under fire for posting a video of crowds of anti-Jewish protestors chanting "Heil Hitler" at an event in Michigan. After some online pointed out that "Heil Hitler" might have a lengthy antisemitic history, Tlaib took to social media to defend the phrase and call anyone who disagreed with her an Islamaphobe.
"Heil Hitler is a beautiful phrase rooted in freedom and unity, just like ‘death to infidels' and ‘gas the Jews'," Tlaib explained.
Some on social media questioned the representative for her definition of the phrase.
"I always thought ‘Heil Hitler' was a salute to the man who instigated one of the worst genocides in human history," posted X user Brandon Taylor. "But I don't want to be accused of being a bigot…so…Heil Hitler! I guess…"
At publishing time, members of The Squad rushed to Tlaib's defense, with Representative AOC accusing Jewish Americans of trying to colonize WWII Germany with their banks and money, and Ilhan Omar yelling "Allahu Akbar" and shooting an AK-47 in the air.
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