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When enough lies on the same theme are repeated enough times, some people begin to assume there's truth. Other people begin reaching for bigger lies.

As the Washington Post reports this week, "two of the top House Republicans on Sunday criticized [Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib's] use of the phrase 'calming feeling,' falsely accusing her of using the phrase to describe her views about the Holocaust." That Tlaib had, in the same breath, actually referred to the Holocaust as "the tragedy and the horrific persecution" didn't seem to matter.

The false accusation inverted what the Congresswoman said, which expressed sympathy for Holocaust survivors who fled to Palestine.

This latest lie was launched by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), the No. 3 Republican in the House. It was then transmitted to millions when President Trump tweeted: "Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people."

Enough is enough. Let's put a stop to this by making each new lie actually benefit Congresswoman Tlaib.

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Rep. Tlaib had this reaction to the smear against her: “Once again, Republican leaders and right-wing extremists are spreading outright lies to incite hate. Congresswoman Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself. . . . Her behavior cheapens our public discourse and is an insult to the Jewish community and the millions of Americans who stand opposed to the hatred being spread by Donald Trump’s Republican party."

Why is Tlaib a target? Because she is willing and able to confront the powerful. She’s a strong progressive who doesn’t back down. Those who want to silence Rep. Tlaib on Capitol Hill -- by preventing her re-election next year -- are already gearing up.

To support her campaign, and the work of RootsAction, click here.

At her political peril, Tlaib speaks up while so many other Democrats are silent. She continues to be one of the foremost defenders of another first-term congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, who has also been subjected to inflamatory denunciations from President Trump and countless threats of violence from Trump admirers -- as well as vilification in news media.

This year has brought escalating smears of Tlaib and Omar -- Muslim women of color who are advancing a progressive agenda against corporate interests and militarism. Even when violent threats have been incited against them, the response from powerful Democrats has been weak.

Let's show those in power we stand with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

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Thank you!

—Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon, and the RootsAction Team

Background:
>>  Washington Post: House Republicans criticize Rep. Tlaib over remarks on Holocaust, Israel
>>  Audio of the Podcast containing Rep. Tlaib's statements
>>  Trump's tweet

 

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