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Widespread Condemnation Grows for Ocasio-Cortez’s Holocaust Analogy

“This is across the line. It’s not that hard to apologize. She should do it. This is unacceptable.”

By NTK Staff | 06.19.2019 @12:24pm

Democrat rising star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) now-infamous Monday night Instagram live video continues to receive harsh pushback from Republicans and political commentators alike.

During a Monday night rant captured on the social media app Instagram, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the U.S. government is “running concentration camps on our southern border.”

“That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps,” she said.

She told her followers she wants to talk to people “who are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.”

“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 freshman Democrat continued.

When Republicans pushed back on Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the term “concentration camp,” which is closely associated with the Holocaust and the murder of 6 million Jews, Ocasio-Cortez accused them of “shrieking” and argued that Republicans don’t know the difference between concentration camps and death camps.

The remarks drew immediately backlash from Republicans, but even some political commentators are chiming in. CNN’s John Avlon ripped into Ocasio-Cortez

“First of all, the Holocaust is the Holocaust. Holocaust metaphors are beyond problematic. And it’s clear, because she said ‘Never again means something,’ that she was referring to it,” CNN’s John Avlon said on Wednesday. “She said later she meant to make the comparison to internment camps. Look, internment camps are horrific, the key difference being millions of people systematically murdered by a state. So that doesn’t fly. And when we start to rationalize it and put it in context, we’re saying basically words don’t matter anymore in politics.”

“This is across the line,” he added. “It’s not that hard to apologize. She should do it. This is unacceptable.”

Many Republicans on Twitter agreed, including House Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY):

Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) fired back, too.

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