Ocasio-Cortez: U.S. ‘Is Running Concentration Camps on Our Southern Border’
Ocasio-Cortez: U.S. ‘Is Running Concentration Camps on Our Southern Border’
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20 June, 2019, 04:55
Not only to the nation but to the world.
But the young Congresswoman stood by her position, noting that concentration camps are not the same as extermination camps. She does not understand what's going on at the border at the same time. "But there is no comparison. and to actually say that is embarrassing", McCarthy continued.
Democrats are split over Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's comments earlier this week equating American immigrant-detention centers with the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, some in her party defending the remarks while others spoke against them.
"The U.S.is running concentration camps on our southern border - and that is exactly what they are", Ocasio-Cortez said Monday night in an emotional Instagram live video. "I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that "never again" means something", she blithely stated.
On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez doubled down by tweeting an Esquire link arguing that concentration camps are exactly what is happening at the border. Camps were established at the time in states with large Japanese-American populations, such as California, Washington and Oregon.
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Ocasio-Cortez, the Amazon-hating U.S. representative who purports to speak for the diverse residents of the Bronx and Queens, dishonored the memory of those slain by the Nazi death machine on politicsnowadays' Instagram page Monday night.
"This is a crisis for ourselves. We would hope that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez knows better, but sadly, she does not", said Republican Jewish Coalition on Tuesday.
Conservatives quickly slammed the New York Democrat for her use of the term, which is most commonly associated with Nazi death camps during the Holocaust. Used to punish rural civilians accused of offering assistance to Cuban rebels, the strategy was to move "hundreds of thousands of rural inhabitants into Spanish-held cities behind barbed wire" in order to suppress the rebellion, wrote Andrea Pitzer, a scholar of concentration camp history, in a 2017 Smithsonian article.
"And for the shrieking Republicans who don't know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps". Who will step up to condemn AOC's incendiary remarks? It came in response to a tweet from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) who wrote "6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust".
"The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during WWII", Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet Wednesday.
Pitzer also told JTA previous year that the term concentration camp is valid if Trump officials have described the detention policy as a deterrent, as opposed to an emergency measure to deal with a new problem or a massive influx of migrants. Abe Foxman, formerly the director of the Anti-Defamation League, told Jewish Insiderthat "such ignorant comparisons trivialize the Holocaust and thereby undermine the lessons of history we must learn".
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