On Monday, everyone’s favorite bartender-turned-congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, took to Instagram Live to once again attack the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
While this is nothing new for the freshman representative, the claims she made during her video have generated a significant backlash.
In her criticism of the president’s policy of holding all illegal immigrants in detention facilities until they can be processed—a policy also employed by the Obama administration, but that’s neither here nor there—Ocasio-Cortez accused Trump of operating Nazi-style concentration camps.
As she stated ever-so-eloquently, “the United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps. And, um, if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t, I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever.”
She then continued by using the phrase “Never Again,” originally created by Jews liberated from the actual concentration camps as a way to keep the memory of the fallen alive. Without a doubt, this was an explicit reference to the Holocaust. It’s undeniable, despite her arguments to the contrary over the last few days.
Ever since Trump first ran for office, invoking imagery from the World War II era has become one of the Left’s favorite tactics. Trump has often been compared to Hitler, Republicans are frequently likened to Nazis, and any time someone on the Right opposes members of a Leftist group, the word “fascist” is inevitably thrown around. Rather than reserving comparisons like these for people committing actual atrocities, they’ve become entirely meaningless clichés uttered without thought.
It’s inaccurate, it’s incredibly hyperbolic, and, worst of all, it completely disrespects and trivializes the memory of those who lost their lives during that tragic time.
From an objective standpoint, the Holocaust was one of the single worst things to happen in human history. This horrific event resulted in the deaths of nearly 6 million Jews, along with an estimated 5 million from other groups also deemed inferior by the Nazis. To even SUGGEST that Trump, despite his flaws, has done anything remotely comparable to that is just plain wrong.
So it makes you wonder why Ocasio-Cortez would even make that comparison in the first place.
Best-case scenario, it’s simply ignorant. Worst-case, it’s deliberate fearmongering.
But she didn’t stop there.
Later on in her video, Ocasio-Cortez said: “This week, children, immigrant children were moved to the same internment camps where the Japanese were held in, in the early, in the earlier 20th century…”
Now, this statement, like all the best falsehoods, contains a grain of truth.
As she stated, according to the most recent numbers, approximately 1,400 immigrant children have been taken into federal custody. It’s also true that they are expected to be housed at an Oklahoma facility once used to detain Japanese-Americans during World War II.
And yet, Ocasio-Cortez’s claim is extremely deceptive—whether intentionally or unintentionally is unclear— as it left out a few key pieces of information.
This facility is, in fact, Fort Sill Army Base, which has been an active military installation since 1869 and has functions extending far beyond housing or detaining people on the government’s behalf.
Additionally, in 2014, the Obama administration used this exact same location to similarly house groups of migrant children. Was the media in an uproar back then? Of course not.
Needless to say, Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks have earned her some well-deserved criticism, both from her colleagues across the aisle and from many Jewish groups around the country.
In the days following her Instagram post, Ocasio-Cortez has made several attempts to defend her position, grasping at anything that allows her to end the debate without having to admit that she’s wrong. In a tweet on Tuesday, in which she attempted to justify her statements by quibbling over the very tiny—almost nonexistent—difference between a concentration camp and a death camp, she said:
“And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps. Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial.’ And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”
Like I said, she’s clearly grasping at straws here.
Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw—a fan-favorite here at FreedomWire—responded with the following tweet:
“Clearly I need to explain that, in concentration camps, people are unjustly sought out and confined. This isn’t what is happening at the border. Migrants are illegally crossing our border. Most are asylum seekers, thus pending trial, so your expert definition doesn’t apply. Your comments reveal total disregard for our sovereignty & a deep ignorance that belittles the horrors of the Holocaust. If you’re worried about conditions at the border, why don’t you do something about it & support @RepMikeRogersAL’s bill securing billions in humanitarian aid?”
Crenshaw also brings up a very valid point here. There’s a pretty straightforward solution to this whole thing: just secure the border.
Increased border security would lead to fewer illegal border crossings, which in turn would result in fewer arrests, incarcerations, and deportations. One would think that, if AOC was really committed to solving this problem—after all, she’s implying that it’s a second Holocaust—she’d jump at the chance to pass legislation that would stop the problem at its source.
And yet Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Democrats have opposed every attempt by the current administration to make this happen. They’ve refused to fund Trump’s wall, elected to not take a stand against illegal immigration, and many have even called for ICE to be disbanded. They’ve been dragging their heels for years now, and this crisis is due in large part to their inaction.
Because Democrats don’t want solutions; they want suffering.
And suffering gets them votes.