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.
“I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.”
– Evita Perón https://t.co/IH7y7C54ip
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
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.
“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
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
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.
AOC admires Eva Peron; a Nazi Lover, a woman with ties to War Criminals. To your low-informed followers: Argentina openly welcomed and hid Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele known as “Angel of Death” Anyone surprised?? Maybe NOW AOC should open up a history book?
— Christy (@Christy56074523) July 8, 2019
Another user sternly warned Ocasio-Cortez to never compare herself to Perón, given the darkness that surrounds her time in the public light.
The government also brought in NAZI’s @AOC.. never…quote.. Eva Peron!! She was the figurehead of a regime that let Hilter’s close inner circle and thousands of other Nazis into Argentina! She knowing enabled and harbored NAZI war criminals… Eva also stole from her own ppl.. pic.twitter.com/8klC2ezNPJ
— Naomi Schmahl #nokidsincages (@SchmahlNaomi) July 7, 2019
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.
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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