Sometimes in politics, people say things that I can’t believe are falling out of their mouths.
And I think, “Either they don’t have a brain, or they think Americans don’t have brains.” Because no reasonable person would take their comments seriously.
One such person bestowing these moments is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I’m not suggesting she doesn’t have a brain; I’m just saying I remain mystified.
And there’s a whole lotta myst around her comments Monday concerning the ill-conceived description of America’s “concentration camps” at the southern border.
Liz Cheney wasn’t impressed, so she tweeted this:
Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this. https://t.co/NX5KPPb2Hl
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 18, 2019
Less than 20 minutes later, Alexandria paddled the ping pong ball back over the net:
Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to “educate me,” I’m curious:
What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial?
How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents? https://t.co/OOfrrfa1Ew
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
Well, the 29-year-old’s now saying that Rep. Cheney is responsible for her words:
Reminder: the member who directly + explicitly compared concentration camps on our border to the Holocaust was *Liz Cheney.*
The horrors of the Holocaust went beyond the use of concentration camps, yet camps were part of the process.
They have also been used before and after.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 24, 2019
Here’s an exact quote from Alexandria’s video:
“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps. And, um, if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t, I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever. I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘Never Again’ means something. The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.”
She said “‘Never Again’ means something.” She didn’t say it doesn’t mean something. Nor did she say, “Liz Cheney is pulling the string on my back and speaking.”
If it “means something,” then what does it mean??
The phrase is an explicit reference to the Holocaust:
@AOC I’m going to @AuschwitzMuseum just next week as a panelist for a conference called “Never Again, Really?” Take up their offer and join us. – Holocaust remembrance group invites Ocasio-Cortez to tour Auschwitz with survivor https://t.co/pCCM78fV4I
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) June 24, 2019
Our full page ad in today’s @nytimes countering @AOC trivialization of the #holocaust. We must fix the humanitarian crisis on the border. But comparing it to the genocide of six million Jews desecrates the memory of the victims and the #NeverAgain commitment against genocide. pic.twitter.com/CKC7fsCRUq
— Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) June 23, 2019
Yet, somehow, AOC topped off with this tweet, which included Liz’s post as (non)proof that Cheney said what in actuality she herself did.
It’s as if she’s convinced herself that up is down, and she’s just continuing forward with it.
And now I’m back to that whole brain thing:
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is angry that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) correctly described the horrors of the Holocaust by noting that the evil Nazis systematically targeted 6,000,000+ Jews for extermination pic.twitter.com/iAzYGxrAL2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 19, 2019
On Saturday, tweeter Benny Johnson asked her to “listen, for once”:
Hi @AOC –
You say America runs concentration camps.
I spoke with people who have true authority on this issue: David & Sami. They both survived real Nazi concentration camps.
They have a message for anyone who thinks America runs concentration camps.
AOC – Please listen, for once pic.twitter.com/hGOwa1T2UG
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 22, 2019
As I posted previously, I don’t believe America and its leaders should be compared to Hitler and the Nazis.
Having said that, if you want to call detention centers concentration camps, then okay. It’s absurd, but “I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever.”
But for the love of Pete, don’t say something and then claim Liz Cheney said it.
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