Cheney Leads Republicans in Giving AOC a Lesson for Comparing Border Facilities to Concentration Camps

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There’s no shortage of backlash from Republican lawmakers on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) “concentration camps” comparison.

The freshman congresswoman called plans to hold hundreds of undocumented migrant children at facilities that were once used as Japanese American internment camps but have since turned into military bases — which were once also used by the Obama administration to hold migrants — “exactly” the same as concentration camps, as IJR Red previously reported.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said late Monday in a live video.

She added:

“… 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.”

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) caught wind of Ocasio-Cortez’s controversial remark and told her to “do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history.”

“You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” Cheney added.

The two butted heads, as Ocasio-Cortez responded with questions for Cheney “since you’re so eager to ‘educate me.'”

“Happy to help educate you,” Cheney swiped back, suggesting AOC read the book, “Night” — an “autobiographical account of [the author’s] survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps,” the book description reads.

The self-described Democratic socialist congresswoman tried to defend her remark and slammed “shrieking Republicans” by suggesting “Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial.’ And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”

However, her defense didn’t hold off the criticism, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — first offering praise to “our men and women at the border [who] are doing an incredible job under difficult circumstances” — called out Ocasio-Cortez for “not lifting a finger to solve the problem.”

“The lack of respect for those serving at the border — trying to deal with a national security/humanitarian crisis unlike any in recent memory — is unjustified and quite frankly, appalling,” Graham said.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) flat out told Ocasio-Cortez to “stop trying to draw these crayon parallels between POTUS & Hitler!”

Zeldin’s comments mirror Graham’s as he also called for her and her Democratic colleagues to “secure our border & fix this rather than desperately trying to promote mass hysteria w[ith] this disgusting & woefully false comparison.”

Additionally, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) encouraged Ocasio-Cortez to join with other U.S. representatives in “urging @SpeakerPelosi to put @realDonaldTrump‘s border supplemental on the floor for a vote to feed and shelter migrants.”

On Tuesday, 11 House Republicans are coming together to urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to hold a vote on President Donald Trump’s border supplemental request amid a growing migration situation at the U.S.-Mexico border and a warning that funds for services at the border could run out.

“Congress has got to pass a supplemental appropriation that President Trump has asked for,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently warned. “By early July we may be out of funding,” he added.

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Phyllis Softa
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NOW THAT is embarrassing when AOC is more informed about history than Liz Cheney, FOX News, Lee Zeldin and Ryan Saavedra—and possibly my favorite IJR journalist Madison Summers. The tweet never mentions Nazis. Perhaps if Cheney, Saavedra and Zeldin had given it some THOUGHT, the US never had concentration camps for Jews. WE DID HAVE concentration camps in America—the Japanese-Americans, and German & Italian immigrants were held in CONCENTRATION CAMPS in AMERICA during WWI and WW II. NO JEWS were held in US internment concentration camps. The individuals that WERE incarcerated were held via executive order of Pres. Franklin Roosevelt.

James
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As usual Ms. Cheney has wasted her time and effort to educate someone who is thick between the ears with nothing else to stop any intelligent information inside. Commie AOC continues to ride the waves of her private moonbeam with total disregard for factual information or the use of common sense. Might be of some help if she’d just shut up and listen to the adults for a couple years before returning to her bar maid gig in 2020.

Screwtape
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Would Bucktoothed, Bourgeouis Barbie rather have Republitards “shriek” or “pounce”?

She’s wrong, as always. I wonder how she handles the cognitive dissonance of using “concentration camps” with her anti-Semitism. Oh wait, she has no cognitive functions.

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