She has officially crossed the line…
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared that she would never apologize for comparing detention facilities at the border with “concentration camps.”
Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison on a live Instagram video stream: “That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps,” she said, adding “never again” — popularly associated with the memory of the Holocaust — “means something.”
Ocasio-Cortez drew criticism but she kept doubling down and digging in, first insisting the detention camps met the definition of “concentration camps”; then trying to draw a distinction between “concentration camps” and “death camps”; then arguing that the U.S. had also used “concentration camps” when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a Democrat) interned Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.
Even CNN had enough. John Avlon said that Ocasio-Cortez had gone “across the line,” adding: “It’s not that hard to apologize. she should do it. It’s unacceptable.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) likewise said that she should apologize.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she would never apologize:
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
Ocasio-Cortez also thanked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) for arguing that the phrase “never again” could be interpreted more broadly.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to condemn Ocasio-Cortez’s statement. It was the second time that she has had to defend a member of her caucus accused of antisemitism: she also protected Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after repeated antisemitic remarks.