Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is just six months into the job, yet the freshman Congresswoman is already the most controversial figure on Capitol Hill.
And her statements have become so insane, even MSNBC is calling her out — and demanding that she censured by Democrats.
Ocasio-Cortez most recent controversy blew up this week when she claimed President Donald Trump was secretly running concentration camps.
“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram video. “And that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps.”
She has since refused to apologize.
Critics jumped on Ocasio-Cortez’s statement. Holocaust survivors said her statement diminished their suffering.
Even far-left MSNBC star Chuck Todd called out the New York lawmaker on Thursday morning — and what he said left Ocasio-Cortez furious.
“After being criticized, Ocasio-Cortez tried to make a distinction between concentration camps and Nazi death camps, where the industrialized mass slaughter of the Holocaust occurred. Fair enough,” Todd said. “But Congresswoman, tens of thousands were also brutalized, tortured, starved, and ultimately died in concentration camps. Camps like Dachau.”
Todd said that criticizing the Trump administration’s treatment of illegal immigrants is “fine” — but the detention centers, first established under former President Bill Clinton, were not comparable to Nazi concentration camps in the slightest.
He went on to slam her fellow Democrats for being weak in their response.
“But here’s where it’s upsetting as her comments. Some Democrats have been reluctant to condemn her remarks and don’t want to get criticized on Twitter,” he said. “Fellow New York Congressman Jerry Nadler tweeted in response: ‘One of the lessons from the Holocaust is ‘never again’ … We failed to learn that lesson when we don’t call out such inhumanity right in front of us.’”
“Jerry Nadler surely knows migrant detainment camps are not the same as concentration camps. So why didn’t he just say that?” Todd asked.
“Are we really so ensconced in our political bubbles, liberal versus conservative that we cannot talk about right versus wrong anymore?” he continued. “Some things are bigger than partisanship. Or at least, they used to be. And in the interim, the crux of what’s truly at stake is lost: What is this country going to do about what’s happening at the border in this humanitarian crisis?”
After being criticized by MSNBC, Ocasio-Cortez responded to Todd on Twitter — and she wasn’t happy.
Well, @chucktodd – the fact that you slipped in “Nazi” when I never said that is pretty unfortunate.
Almost as unfortunate as the fact that you spent this whole time w/o discussing DHS freezers, “dog pounds,” missing children, & human rights abuses that uphold use of this term. https://t.co/1eNuW1ZR0f
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2019
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