Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been on the receiving end of waves of criticism over her remarks on June 18 comparing migrant holding centers on the U.S.-Mexico border to Nazi-era concentration camps.
Though she claimed at the time that she wasn’t making the comparison to Nazi camps, the language she used in the video, including the phrase “Never Again,” is a direct reference to the tragedies of the Holocaust.
While multiple Holocaust organizations have weighed in on the controversy, perhaps the most powerful statement came from 93-year-old Ed Mosberg, a Holocaust survivor who serves as president of Holocaust commemoration group From The Depths.
According to the New York Post, Mosberg has a simple solution to hold Ocasio-Cortez accountable for her disrespectful comparison — remove her from Congress.
“She should be removed from Congress. She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity,” Mosberg told the Post.
While many of the lawmaker’s friends both in the establishment media and on Capitol Hill defended the congresswoman’s statements, Mosberg highlighted the one crystal clear difference between people in concentration camps and people in holding centers on the border.
“The people on the border aren’t forced to be there — they go there on their own will. If someone doesn’t know the difference, either they’re playing stupid or they just don’t care” he explained.
Mosberg originally took the high road after Ocasio-Cortez’s disgusting comparison and offered to provide her a personal tour of the death camps, including Auschwitz, where he lost his family and barely escaped alive. He’s provided similar tours for other politicians, most notably for Iowa Rep. Steve King, a Republican who encouraged Ocasio-Cortez to take him up on the offer.
But Ocasio-Cortez made clear she wasn’t interested, even after King’s encouragement, and used the public invitation as an attack on the Iowa lawmaker and Republicans in general.
“The last time you went on this trip it was reported that you also met w/ fringe Austrian neo-Nazi groups to talk shop. So I’m going to have to decline your invite. But thank you for revealing to all how transparently the far-right manipulates these moments for political gain,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on June 23.
Mosberg saw her public rejection of the invitation and didn’t hold back. And deservedly so.
“Her statement is evil. It hurts a lot of people. At the concentration camp, we were not free. We were forced there by the Germans who executed and murdered people — there’s no way you can compare,” Mosberg said.
Since losing his family and nearly his own life in the concentration camps, Mosberg has had the courage to go back on many occasions to help educate people on the horrors that took place under Nazi rule. From the Depths has reportedly taken 20 lawmakers to the camps, many of whom are shocked by what they learn about what happened there.
“They were very shaken and upset learning about the torture, torment and murder,” he said. “They think every congressman should go to see it. She [AOC] doesn’t want to go. Unless you go into that dark place, you can’t understand it,” Mosberg told the Post.
Not long after posting her original video making the comparison, Ocasio-Cortez doubled down, saying she would “never apologize” for her remarks and continued to bash the Trump administration and the officials on the border for perceived injustices.
But men like Mosberg know that words, especially from high-profile politicians, have power. And what she said was irresponsible and demeaning to Jewish people everywhere — especially those with personal connections to actual concentration camps.
Mosberg also has in mind an award Ocasio-Cortez should receive for her absurd comparison.
“If you’re not there, you will never know what happened. She doesn’t want to learn — she’s looking for excuses. I would like to nominate her for the Nobel Prize in stupidity.”
Me too, Mr. Mosberg. Me too.
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