Omar Defends AOC on “Concentration Camp” Comments
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is defending Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she claimed the United States was running “concentration camps” at the border, according to Fox News.
“When you look at what is taking place, people are being put in camps. And when you think about the definition, if we separate it from death camps, I would say these are camps and people are being concentrated in them. And so that’s the general definition,” Omar said yesterday in an interview with Public Radio International.
“I think a lot of people are conflating what a death camp looks like or a specific removal of people. These people are coming to the border,” she continued. “We are removing them from the border. We are placing them in camps. Some of them are being removed from communities and being put in what we’re calling detention centers — but are essentially camps.”
Ocasio-Cortez received a great deal of pushback for making her ignorant comments.
One of the world’s leading Holocaust museums recently fired back at the congresswoman on Twitter:
Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem tweeted the Congresswoman this morning, “@AOC Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor.’ Learn about concentration camps.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called for the representative to apologize “not only to the nation but to the world.”
“I think Congresswoman AOC needs to apologize,” McCarthy said, during a press conference yesterday. “Not only to the nation but to the world. She does not understand history.”
“She does not understand what is going on at the border at the same time. But there is no comparison…and to actually say that is embarrassing,” he continued.
“To take somewhere in history where millions of Jews died…and equate that to somewhere that’s happening on the border…she owes this nation an apology.”
However, on Wednesday, the Congresswoman remained defiant and refused to apologize.
The lawmaker wrote on Twitter, “DHS ripped 1000s of children from their parents & put them in cages w inhumane conditions. They call their cells ‘dog pounds’ & ‘freezers. I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are. If that makes you uncomfortable, fight the camps – not the nomenclature.”
DHS ripped 1000s of children from their parents & put them in cages w inhumane conditions.
They call their cells “dog pounds” & “freezers.”
I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are.
If that makes you uncomfortable, fight the camps – not the nomenclature. https://t.co/eJpJWeYiot
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2019