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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Lori Washington
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Lori Washington

I do agree that the conditions at the border should be addressed and we are capable of providing better conditions, this is true. I do not agree that they are like a concentration camp people are not being forced to come here, they are not being forced to stay, they are not being forced to do labor, although not maybe not sufficient they are being given more food, and they are not being killed by the millions. Yes we should definitely provide better conditions but thousands of comments about how they are being treated is only a distraction from what… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

She is at least 10 years late in her complaints.

Dawn Vollmer
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Dawn Vollmer

And the funny thing is, you haven’t even visited the border & you weren’t taught your history very well, young lady.

Sheila Browning
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Sheila Browning

The woman is a idiot, and the people who voted her in are worse. This woman tended bar. What does she know?

Donna york
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Donna york

Too stupid for words

Donna
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Donna

Too stupid for words.

Toffee
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Toffee

Interesting AOC refers to Esquire for the definition of concentration camp. Interesting these illegals are getting three meals a day, the kids play soccer, they are covered at night to sleep…what was happening in just a concentration camp in Germany, you ignorant fool…do you think those people ever had a meal.. toilets .. you are incredibility uninformed and really dumb.. go back to tending bar.. that’s were you belong..can your lips get any redder.. oh yes, the Hollywood trick… wear white to be seen.. you are such a phony….as well as ignorant. Take trips to the border and Germany.. do… Read more »

Bridget
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Bridget

Dear Alexandria Ortega Cortez. I hope you read this. You don’t care one bit about those dying at the border. This is nothing but partisan rhetoric you and the others have thrown out there to use to try and impeach our president. Second it’s for you to use against those who voted for him. Let this sit in your empty head. You are a conniving, a liar and a thief. You have many skeletons in your closet which are slowly being revealed. Since your so high and mighty. It is congresses job to fix laws that no longer apply or… Read more »

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