Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was getting, perhaps, even more attention than usual on Tuesday after she accused President Trump of using Hitler-esque tactics against illegal immigrants at the southern border.
“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,” she wrote on Twitter, posting a story from Esquire. “This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis.”
Not hyperbole, huh? She also suggested in a video that the Holocaust was happening again by evoking the universal “never again” Holocaust saying.
That claim got her all sorts of ridicule, to which she replied, “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.”
The Daily Caller’s Jessica Fletcher quickly pointed out a flaw in AOC’s reasoning, replying on Twitter, “So Auschwitz didn’t kill people? Huh. That’s weird.”
When U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) suggested to AOC that she educate herself about the Holocaust, the Ocasio-Cortez shot back, “Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to ‘educate me,’ I’m curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?”
Cheney replied, “Happy to help educate you @AOC. You could start with the @yadvashem survivor testimonies. I also recommend Night by Elie Wiesel. Here’s an Amazon link to make it easy for you to purchase.”
But Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tx.) also weighed in.
“Clearly I need to explain that, in concentration camps, people are unjustly sought out and confined,” he wrote on Twitter.
“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,” he concluded.
A number of other conservative commentators and Trump supporters also weighed in.