National Border Council Vice President Art Del Cueto i suggesting that freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should “crack open a history book” before making her comments.
The controversial congresswoman showed her distaste for President Trump and his administration’s use of past internment camps, which have been turned into a military base, to hold undocumented immigrant children. She labeled the situation as being “exactly” like concentration camps.
“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are,” AOC said during a live video this Monday. “They are concentration camps.”
During Tuesday’s interview with Fox News “America’s Newsroom,” anchor Bill Hemmer addressed AOC’s remark that used “the extermination of six million people” to make her point for the border situation.
Del Cueto slammed Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison as “disgusting,” and he added that, “In my eyes, honestly, you lose credibility.”
“‘Never again’ is the phrase that Jews all over the world use to make sure that the extermination between 1939 and 1945 never happens again,” Bill Hemmer said, pointing to Ocasio-Cortez’s “never again” comment.
“And she’s using concentration camps to describe what’s happening on the Southern border,” Bill Hemmer added. “How in the world is that acceptable? Does she not owe every Jew on this planet an apology?”
National border council vice president Art Del Cueto called it “definitely a slap in the face to a lot of these individuals that have family members that actually went through concentration camps. I’ve said it many times, some of these people need to crack open a history book before they make some comments.”
Del Cueto was not the only one criticizing Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for her comments as many others took to Twitter to blast her for the “alarming and dangerous false equivalence.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez snapped back on Tuesday, tweeting at the “shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps.” She added, “Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial.’ And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”
Rep. Liz Cheney was also among those blasting Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for her comparison, tweeting, “You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this” – which drew a back-and-forth between the two.