Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) slandered President Donald Trump and trivialized some 6 million Jews dying in German camps during World War II by saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers processing illegal immigrants are “exactly” like [Nazi] concentration camps – making the president out to be a modern-day representation of fascist dictator Adolf Hitler.
The 29-year-old rookie Democratic congresswoman took to Instagram to continue her anti-Trump campaign to impeach the incumbent Republican before having a chance at a second term in the 2020 presidential election.
"The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the 'Home of the Free' is extraordinarily disturbing – and we need to do something about it," Ocasio-Cortex proclaimed in her Instagram video posted Tuesday. "This is a crisis on if America will remain America in its actual principles and values, or if we are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency."
Conservative activist and Washington Times columnist Robert Knight says everyone understands what went on in concentration camps in Nazi Germany.
"We understand them to be places where people are mass murdered, as in Nazi Germany and in communist countries," Knight tells OneNewsNow. "That is such a terribly wrong comparison and a deliberate misidentification that I would have to say [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is] not only a bald-faced liar but one with malicious intent.
"Nobody could possibly conflate what's going on at our border with the Holocaust, which is basically what she's doing," he states.
‘Not using words lightly’
Ocasio-Cortez then expressly asserted that she meant exactly what she said – implying that conditions at detention centers are the same as Jewish extermination camps – which were complete with gas chambers and brutal Nazi guards following the dictates of their fascist fuhrer.
"I don't use those words lightly – I don't use those words to just throw bombs,” AOC continued. “I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is. A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it's very difficult to say that."
During her livestream on social media, she made the seriousness of her argument and accusation very clear.
“That is exactly what they are – they are concentration camps,” the self-proclaimed socialist politician impressed. “[I wanted to talk to people who were] concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.”
Using the border crisis – induced by pro-immigration Democrats denying money for Trump’s proposed secure continuous wall – as a stage for political grandstanding, Ocasio-Cortez purposely used the phrase, “never again,” to intimately tie immigrants’ experiences at the United States-Mexico border to the nightmare Jews endured while being exterminated by Hitler’s regime.
“[The phrase 'never again' has strong ties to the aftermath of the Holocaust, and some conservatives accused Ocasio-Cortez of 'trivializing' the term by applying it to Trump's policy," the Daily Mail pointed out.
Saying nothing of the fact that no illegal immigrants have been maliciously killed – or distinguishing that Jews were ripped out of their homes, thrown in cattle cars on trains, starved to emaciation, gassed, shot, and pushed into forced labor – AOC’s historically illiterate rendition of concentration camps was called out by many outraged social media users, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).
"[D]o us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history,” the Republican lawmaker tweeted Tuesday. “6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this."
Unapologetically, AOC continued her fictitious narrative of world history by attempting to school Cheney on the usage of terms and holding to her contention that immigrants at the border are suffering concentration camp conditions.
“Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to ‘educate me,’ I’m curious – what do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter.
AOC said nothing to the fact that Jews did not illegally break into Germany – or into other nations where concentration camps were built and run.
The conservative media also chimed in to stress the stark differences between temporary American detention centers and years-long German concentration camps.
“Detention facilities are a far cry from both concentration camps and certainly from death camps,” Breitbart News contended. “Detention facilities serve as a temporary holding place for illegal migrants – not U.S. citizens or civilians – while their claims and hearings are being processed. Additionally, detention centers provide another layer of security for the American people.”
Besides being built to protect American citizens from crime and financial burden/hardship, it was impressed that the centers along the U.S. southern border exist to protect American citizens from numerous infectious diseases – not to wipe out a race from the face of the planet.
“According to a report last week, ICE had to quarantine 4,200 migrant detainees for exposure to mumps, 800 for exposure to chicken pox and 100 were quarantined for exposure to both,” Breitbart added.“The quarantine stretches across many of the 39 immigrant detention centers – where many await their deportation hearings.”
But the besieged ultra-left Latino would not relent in trying to justify her direct Holocaust-border crisis comparison.
“Undeterred, Ocasio-Cortez further defended her remarks, and stood by her comparison,” TheBlaze noted.
However, AOC attempted to change her tune by inconspicuously trying to downplay her comparison in a general comeback to other backlash she received on Twitter – while assuming the same condescending tone as a self-proclaimed expert on the topic.
"[F]or the shrieking Republicans who don't know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps," the New York Democrat quipped in another tweet.
She then claimed that she was speaking for authorities on the matter.
“Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial,'” AOC tweeted. “And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”
The climate change alarmist and defender of anti-Semitic comments made by Muslim congresswomen – Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) – nonetheless stood by her concentration camp claim … insisting that she was not blowing things out of proportion.
“This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying,” AOC tweeted. “This is not hyperbole – it is the conclusion of expert analysis.”