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'Do Us All a Favor:' Liz Cheney Goes Scorched Earth on AOC's Concentration Camp Comment

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Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed her lack of knowledge about world history on Monday night in an Instagram video that upset a large number of people, including Rep. Liz Cheney.

In the inflammatory, viral video, Ocasio-Cortez likened migrant detention centers on the U.S. southern border to concentration camps. And she wasn’t exaggerating.

She made a direct comparison between the two completely different situations and inevitably sparked a social media firestorm.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” she said. “If that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.”

Ryan Saavedra, a Daily Wire reporter, posted the lawmaker’s video.

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Cheney shot back at the New York lawmaker’s disrespectful and false claim in a tweet Tuesday morning, excoriating her in the process.

“6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” she tweeted in response to the video.

According to Washington Examiner, Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on her comments Tuesday morning. Hours later, she attempted to walk back her references to the Holocaust and WWII, even though in her original video she invoked the “never again” phrase, which is a reference tied to the aftermath of the Holocaust.

It should be clear to anyone that Ocasio-Cortez clearly stepped in the mud, big time, with this one.

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Sure, she has said pretty ridiculous things in the past, but to compare a legal detention center for migrants to anything related to a concentration camp — whether it be Nazi-era or otherwise — is a slap in the face to those who have experienced such horrors.

Do you think AOC crossed a line with her Holocaust comparison?

That’s especially true for Holocaust survivors, who were subject to extreme torture and back-breaking labor. And yes, eventually death for a majority of them.

Migrant children and their parents at the U.S. southern border are not experiencing anything of the sort. They’re being detained, legally, after doing everything they could to get into the United States — in many cases illegally. And they’re ultimately either released to sanctuary cities or deported back to their home countries.

Toward the end of her video, Ocasio-Cortez reassured viewers that she wasn’t attempting to “throw bombs” by making the comparison or by calling President Donald Trump a “fascist” — but that’s exactly what she did.

Washington Examiner reached out to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for comment on Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks. The museum responded with a link to an essay by Holocaust historian Edna Friedberg, who called such references “careless.”

“At a time when our country needs dialogue more than ever, it is especially dangerous to exploit the memory of the Holocaust as a rhetorical cudgel. We owe the survivors more than that. And we owe ourselves more than that,” Friedberg wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez can disparage the president and his administration all she wants. That’s expected from her side, and we see it happen every day.

But what she did in this instance crossed a line. And she should be ashamed of herself for essentially making light of what concentration camp survivors endured and the millions of family members and friends who lost loved ones as a result.

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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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