Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez again used inflammatory and baseless rhetoric when talking about the current border crisis, characterizing the current situation that migrant children are facing to the plight of Jews during WWII and accusing the Trump administration of running "concentration camps" at the Southwest U.S. border.
The freshman New York congresswoman even invoked the saying “Never Again,” which is commonly used to commemorate the suffering the Jews faced during the Holocaust.
In a live stream posted to her Instagram, AOC claims, “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps."
“The fact that concentrations camps are now an institutionalized practice in the Home of the Free is extraordinarily disturbing and we need to do something about it,” the Democratic lawmaker continued, adding, "This is not just about the immigrant communities being held in concentration camps...this is a crisis for ourselves."
"I don't use those words lightly," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "I don't use those words to just throw bombs. 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."
Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Trump is operating concentration camps, compares the situation to the Holocaust: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something ... we need to do something about it” pic.twitter.com/F2MmZ8y2dT— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
Ignoring the fact that it is only illegal aliens who are currently being held at immigration processing centers, not legal immigrants, AOC is also just turning a blind eye to the fact Democrats have refused to vote on emergency funding the Trump administration has said they desperately need to process migrants streaming across the border illegally.
Even still, AOC doubled down on her claim with a tweet again asserting that migrants are being held in "concentration camps" where they're "bring brutalized" and "dying."
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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis ⬇️https://t.co/2dWHxb7UuL
While Jews were tortured, gassed, and experimented on by the Nazis, the migrant children face conditions far better than their own homes and receive healthcare far superior to that in their home countries. Despite this, though, AOC goes on to explain how Trump is using a U.S. Army base as temporary housing for migrant kids that had been used during WWII to intern Japanese Americans, but completely ignores the fact that Obama used the same base for the same purpose back in 2014.
I suppose this would make the former president a heartless fascist as well.
(Cover Photo: Flickr/Dimitri Rodrigue)