As IJR Red reported, some Democratic lawmakers have been using the term “concentration camps” to describe immigrant detention centers. However, Maher pushed back on using the term, saying it was too extreme for what was happening.
“Come on, when we think of concentration camps, I think of mass graves, I think of experimenting on human people,” Maher said.
He claimed that while most people agree that there needs to be immigration reform, the term “concentration camp” has a horrific connotation.
“Now, they’re horrible places, I think we all agree it’s just beyond the pale that America would do this to people. And concentration camps, maybe they fit that definition technically, but there are certain words that we just associate with something truly at the ultimate end of horrendous. Holocaust just means a big fire, but we don’t use the word, ‘Hey, let’s go have a Holocaust, I’ll bring the weiners.’ No one says that.”
One of the show’s guests then suggested that it was a correct way to describe the camps because the conditions could continue to get worse.
“You really think we’re on the road to death camps?” Maher asked.
He continued to defend his previous statement, saying that “it has a connotation that goes far beyond, as so many words do.” Maher also pointed out that voters may not support Democrats if they continue with the comparison.
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“If you want to run a campaign based on reparations and concentration camps, it’s going to be very hard to win the election,” Maher said. “I’m not saying you can’t do it, but very hard to argue that this is helping.”