AOC Gets Blasted for ‘Disgusting’ Claim That US Is ‘Running Concentration Camps on Our Southern Border’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is receiving backlash after she claimed the Trump administration’s detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border are “exactly” like concentration camps.

In a live video Monday evening, the self-described Democratic socialist took a swipe at President Donald Trump as she called him “fascist.”

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

She continued:

“If that doesn’t bother you… I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something. […] I don’t use those words lightly. I don’t use those words to just throw bombs. I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is. A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist and it’s very difficult to say that.”

As Ocasio-Cortez pointed out, the Trump administration announced last week plans to move hundreds of migrants children to a then-Japanese internment camp during World War II. However, it is now the Fort Sill Army Base, which the Obama administration also at one point used to house migrants, as USA Today reported — former President Barack Obama later stopped after criticism.

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This comes at a time that the border officials are becoming overwhelmed as a massive influx of migrants flow to the U.S.-Mexico border, leading to a surge in numbers with a 32% increase from April to May as there were 144,278 migrants apprehended in the month of May alone.

Ocasio-Cortez is coming under fire as Twitter users labeled her remark “disgusting.”

“Usually I find humor in the profound idiocy of @AOC but not here,” Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) former Chief of Staff Josh Holmes tweeted. “This is an alarming and dangerous false equivalence that suggests a breathtaking lack of appreciation for the unparalleled evil of the Holocaust.”

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Doubling down on her claim, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to an Esquire article, “An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That’s Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border,” on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“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 tweeted. “This is not hyperbole.”

However, Trump doesn’t seem to be letting up on his strong stance to address the crisis at the southern border, as he took to Twitter late Monday to announce that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to deport next week “millions” of illegal migrants “who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”

“The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress,” Trump added. “They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”

As IJR Red previously reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) revealed over the weekend that he’s having a serious discussion with a Democratic lawmaker to fix the U.S. immigration laws.

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