Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) isn’t being let off the hook for her comparison of “concentration camps” to the dentition facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border as CNN’s Jake Tapper is grilling her on her position.
After sparking outrage for her remark condemning the Trump administration’s use of holding migrant children at military bases that were once used as internment camps — which were also used under the Obama administration — the controversial freshman isn’t backing down despite push back for seemingly comparing the situation to the Holocaust.
Even after her outspoken criticism of the president’s moves on the situation at the southern border, Ocasio-Cortez was called out for “hypocrisy” in voting down a border funding bill to address the migrant crisis. She then said “hell no” as she voted down the Senate bill providing $4.6 billion toward the border situation — again not putting her votes where her mouth is.
“Well if you oppose the Senate bill and you also oppose the House bill, I guess I’m wondering what it is that you’re willing to support that could pass in either the House or the Senate?” Tapper questioned Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez responded that Trump could “declare an emergency right now” — although she opposed his previous national emergency declaration on border security. She also said Congress should “pass a pure humanitarian bill.”
When asked again about opposing both bills and if she’s “just ultimately depriving these kids of housing facilities that they need,” Ocasio-Cortez said she did it to “send a message.”
When it comes to her concentration camps remark, Tapper called out Ocasio-Cortez for using the term under the Trump administration but not under the Obama administration.
The freshman representative said she was “was working in a restaurant” under Obama’s presidency — but as Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra pointed out, Ocasio-Cortez was a staffer on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign during the Obama administration.
During a previous interview she did with Time, she even explained, “But Sanders’ race was one of my first times where I crossed that bridge from grassroots community organizing to electoral organizing.”
Watch the video below:
Tapper to AOC on concentration camps: “Using that definition, there were also concentration camps under Obama & Clinton … Did you call them concentration camps [then]?”
AOC: “Well at the time I was working in a restaurant…”
AOC also worked for Bernie’s campaign during Obama pic.twitter.com/rJkFAufUCn
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 27, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks also drew reactions on Twitter:
How dare Jake Tapper insult @AOC by insinuating that her opinion while "working in a restaurant" isn't just as valid as….
Oh… wait… she said that about herself to try to avoid responsi….
Um. Never mind. https://t.co/zmPIm5sK1o
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 27, 2019
— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) June 27, 2019
There are exactly 0 migrants at the border that the US coerced into being there or invited to be there. Are you telling me Auschwitz started out as a place people were lining up to get into?
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) June 27, 2019
The House passed the Senate’s border funding bill on Thursday after the Senate first rejected the House’s bill. The bill would provide $4.6 billion for border aid and was sent off to the president for his signature, as IJR News reported.
As IJR Red also reported, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) called out Democrats’ flip on border security by resurfacing video footage of former President Barack Obama saying, “Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back.”
“Securing our border used to be bipartisan,” Crenshaw asked. “What’s changed?”