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AOC Just Admiringly Quoted the Nazi Sympathizer She Was Compared To by Trump

I’ve probably said this before, but just when I thought Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t cross the line further than she already has in recent weeks — well, going by her most recent tweets, I’m dead wrong.

According to the Washington Examiner, President Donald Trump compared Ocasio-Cortez to infamous Nazi sympathizer Eva Perón during an interview with Tim Alberta for a book he’s writing. Trump reportedly predicted Ocasio-Cortez’s rise on the political scene after seeing her on television.

“I called her Eva Perón,” Trump said. “I said, ‘That’s Eva Perón. That’s Evita.'”

Instead of defending herself against being compared to the former first lady of Argentina — who is known, along with her husband and former dictator Gen. Juan D. Perón, as Nazi sympathizers — Ocasio-Cortez instead responded by quoting Perón, seemingly with pride.

“I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Monday tweet response to the revelation of Trump’s analogy.

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Oh, but she wasn’t finished yet. In a follow-up tweet, the freshman lawmaker continued her quote storm with another favorable tribute. “‘I had watched for many years and seen how a few rich families held much of Argentina’s wealth and power in their hands. So the government brought in an eight hour working day, sickness pay and fair wages to give poor workers a fair go.’ – Evita Perón,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

For a quick backstory: Perón and her husband helped some of the most infamous Nazis survive safely after the end of WWII, including Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann and Nazi physician Josef “Angel of Death” Mengele.

German author Gaby Weber wrote a piece for The New York Times that detailed how the Peróns assisted in laundering “well over a billion dollars” of Nazi assets into Argentina after the war.

And that dark history wasn’t lost on countless Twitter users, who scorned Ocasio-Cortez for embracing Trump’s comparison of her to Perón. One user reminded readers that perhaps the lawmaker should have learned a little history before posting her tweets.

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Another user sternly warned Ocasio-Cortez to never compare herself to Perón, given the darkness that surrounds her time in the public light.

I presume Ocasio-Cortez was trying to use Trump’s comparison to turn it against him, but out of all people to embrace and favorably quote, it’s hard to emphasize how unwise it was for her to deploy that strategy using Perón.

Not to mention the fact that her tweets come on the heels of Ocasio-Cortez being condemned by many, including the Holocaust Memorial Museum, for her June Instagram video in which she compared migrant holding centers on the U.S. border to “concentration camps” and used Holocaust-specific references in the process.

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On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence took the time to condemn her irresponsible remarks while he spoke to a pro-Israel group, according to The Hill.

After everything she has done over the past month, it’s almost as if Ocasio-Cortez is trying to offend Jews worldwide by quoting Perón and disrespecting Holocaust survivors by comparing migrant holding centers — where people come voluntarily and aren’t tortured, starved or abused — to Nazi death camps.

The New York representative might feel as if she’s invincible now, but if she continues these antics, she’ll have a lot of explaining to do come re-election time when opponents call her out.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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