The heavy comparison between U.S. migrant detention centers and nazi-run concentration camps opened Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to major criticism from both sides of the aisle however, in an interview with Eyewitness News ABC7NY she said ‘I don’t regret it at all.’
Ocasio-Cortez agreed that “conditions are that bad at the border” claiming that her comparison wasn’t anti-semitic. She even said it’s not new to our country’s history citing Japanese internment camps and South Africa. Moreover, the freshman congresswoman clarified that she’s not referencing Hitler’s death camps, but pointing solely to the concentration camps which she defined as “a facility when people are targeted by their identity and held without trial.”
After Ocasio-Cortez first alleged that the Trump Administration was running concentration camps at the Southern border, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum immediately called her words “dangerous” in a statement.
“At a time when our country needs dialogue more than ever, it is especially dangerous to exploit the memory of the Holocaust as a rhetorical cudgel,” the museum concluded, “We owe the survivors more than that. And we owe ourselves more than that.”
When asked about President Trump, Ocasio-Cortez expressed that “it’s not even a question” that he’s racist. For example, Ocasio-Cortez said,”He’s using the direct language and terms of white supremacists.” The freshman congresswoman highlighted that his rhetoric is “radicalizing” the masses. She said she hopes to start “moving the party in a new direction” to “get Trump out of office.”