Tapper Nails AOC on Border Crisis: ‘Did You Call Them Concentration Camps’ When Obama Was Running Them?

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.

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“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.”

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Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks also drew reactions on Twitter:

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?”

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Elaine
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Elaine

AOC needs to resign or get taken out of Congress. She has no clue about what’s really going on at the border. She is so naive. From what I am reading, a lot of these ‘families’ at the border are NOT really families. Some people are bringing children that do NOT belong to them so they can get through faster. They are trying to CHEAT OUR system! Then AOC also tweets the locations of where ICE is supposed to be going???? That is TREASON.

Tina
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Tina

Do t hear Obama sounding off about this one sided situation! It was all well and good when he was saying all the same lines. Now that it is trump saying it his ass is no where to be found. He is only worried about hiding his worthless hide in the weeds! They (Dems) are all worthless.

MariaRose Randazzo
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I am really curious about her upbringing since she apparently doesn’t tolerate being told that she is wrong about anything. Her parents let her develop this attitude that she’s perfect and everyone else has the wrong attitude, Where else would she think growing up In Yorktown, New York is the same as Parkchester, New York (a section in the southern Bronx ). I have been to both areas and can easily tell the difference between the urban Bronx and the suburban Yorktown.

Jeffrey Moore
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AOC is the poster child for raising the voting age.

Dave
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Dave

I am growing more and more disgusted at being being” morally instructed and preached to ” by these ivory tower and self-appointed “elites”. Every day they tell us of the endless ways we are falling short. If we don’t show the ‘proper’ level of understanding according to some “talking head”, then we are racist. If we don’t embrace every sanitized PC talking point, then we must be heartless. If we actually have the audacity to speak our mind, then we are most definitely a bigot. I am sick of being told that I am not good enough. Trump is the… Read more »

Francis Figliola
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Jake using his head for once is refreshing!

Greg Miller
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Greg Miller

Arrogance + Condescension = a 30-somethingish staff lecturing HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS about what concentration camps were actually like….

Frank Turner
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I think Cortez is an idiot! She should keep her mouth shut on things that she knows nothing about, which is every thing, if she was half as smart as she thinks she is, she could pas for a sixth grade student! How did any one this ignorant get elected to office? It sure tells a lot about the people who elected her to office, I was unaware sixth graders could vote!!!!!!

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