Republicans Attack AOC For Condemning Immigrant Prison Camps

Republicans are going after Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez again, this time for an Instagram Live video she made on the subject of the increasingly crowded and deplorable prison camps in which the U.S. government is keeping undocumented migrants and refugees from the southern border. In the video, Ocasio-Cortez explicitly calls these camps “concentration camps” and says that “a presidency that creates concentrations camps is fascist.”

“I don’t use those words lightly. I don’t use those words to just throw bombs,” she says. Republicans, of course, are not convinced.

Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President and avid waterboarding fan Dick Cheney, seems to claim that Ocasio-Cortez is unaware of the well-known and often-evoked Holocaust. “You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” says Cheney.

Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra, who originally posted a clip of the video, calls the assertion that the migrant prison camps are, in fact, concentration camps a false claim.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to these attacks in her usual Twitter-expert fashion.

The controversy has already caught on, with “Holocaust” trending on Twitter. Other Jewish individuals have come to the defense of Ocasio-Cortez, agreeing with her characterization of the detainment of thousands of migrants from South and Central America.

Others are pointing out the hypocrisy of Republicans, who often evoke the Holocaust when talking about abortion, objecting to the use of the term “concentration camps.”

Indeed, if you search for “abortion Holocaust” on Twitter, you can see that they’re still doing it right now.

Meanwhile, history experts are pointing out to Liz Cheney and other Republicans that the Holocaust and concentration camps didn’t start with mass murder. Including the Onion.

Eric Rauchway, who has written multiple books on U.S. history, also notes in a thread that this is not the first time the country has featured something that could be characterized as concentration camps.

Regardless of what you want to call them, conditions in the camps, warehouses, and cages in which the U.S. government is keeping migrants are steadily worsening, and something needs to be done before we reach a point that makes future generations compare us all to the worst things they can think of.