It’s beyond offensive. A sitting member of Congress just ignorantly and irresponsibly appeared on social media and compared the United States to Nazi Germany.
On today’s broadcast, we discussed Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) taking to Facebook to say the detention centers at our southern border with Mexico are like concentration camps.
"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps," Ocasio-Cortez said.
"I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity that 'Never Again' means something," Ocasio-Cortez continued, referencing the slogan adopted after the Holocaust. "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."
"This is a crisis on if American will remain America … Or if we are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency.”
AOC needs to open up a history book. Aside from it being blatantly dishonest, it’s completely offensive to Jewish people. She’s minimalizing the Holocaust which massacred six-million innocent Jews, comparing it to an administration that is sending humanitarian aid, giving migrants shelter while they await processing, and ultimately, worst-case, sending them home safely. In other words, nothing like concentration camps.
In fact it’s Democrats, like AOC, who oppose sending aid to the border by blocking the funds the President has requested. They’re ignoring the humanitarian crisis, and accusing Republicans of creating a Nazi-like atmosphere. It’s hypocrisy.
It’s insulting that she invoked the phrase “never again.” Those two words are directly linked to the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews. It’s infuriating that she would dare say this about our country.
I referenced the words of Fox News host Bill Hemmer this morning, which reflect not only my feelings, but the feelings of any reasonable human being who heard what AOC said. As Hemmer said, she owes every Jew, and really every single American, an apology:
“She used the extermination of six million people,” said Hemmer.
“Has she ever been to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem? Or Auschwitz Berkinau in Southern Poland? Or Dachau in Germany? ‘Never again’ is the phrase that Jews all over the world use to make sure that the extermination between 1939 and 1945 never happens again,” Hemmer said, “and she’s using concentration camps to describe what’s happening on the Southern border. How in the world is that acceptable? Does she not owe every Jew on this planet an apology?”
Words have meaning. You can’t just flippantly throw around words like “Nazi” and “concentration camp.” An elected member of Congress has no excuse for irresponsibly spewing dangerous and erroneous rhetoric like this.
At the same time – as the news was breaking – we also covered some of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s live press briefing, discussing of sending 1,000 additional U.S. troops into the Middle East, as tensions with Iran increase.
You can listen to the entire episode here.
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