OCASIO-CORTEZ, Alexandria, a Representative from New York; born in New York City, Bronx County, N.Y., October 13, 1989; graduated from Yorktown High School, Yorktown. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her statement that the U.S. Is running concentration camps on the southern border by saying the U.S. Also ran concentration camps during World War II. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist and former organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, attracted national attention after her upset primary victory. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has once again generated controversy, this time by referring to the detention centers that the Trump administration is running on the southern border as concentration. Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that climate change is millennials’ version of World War II during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on Monday at Riverside Church in New York City.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Wednesday that the United States ran “concentration camps” during World War II at the same time that Nazi Germany was systematically murdering millions of Jews in concentration camps.
“The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during WWII,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “It is such a shameful history that we largely ignore it. These camps occur throughout history. Many refuse to learn from that shame, but here we are today. We have an obligation to end them.”
The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during WWII.
W slot games. It is such a shameful history that we largely ignore it.
These camps occur throughout history. Many refuse to learn from that shame, but here we are today.
We have an obligation to end them. https://t.co/sYicLdcaA9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2019
In a brief interview with CNN’s Manu Raju, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that there was a “very clear academic consensus” that her comments about “concentration camps” were correct. Ocasio-Cortez then doubled down on her false claim that the United States operated concentration camps during World War II.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims that it’s a “consensus” that she is correct about her “concentration camp” remarks and falsely claims that the United States operated concentration camps during World War II pic.twitter.com/nMZtQEkKhK
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 19, 2019
Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday for her false comparison of detention facilities to concentration camps.
“Its completely inappropriate, it’s reckless, it’s irresponsible, it’s misinformed, and it’s flat out wrong,” Morgan told The Hill. “There is so much oversight in these facilities, we have [Inspector General] report after IG report, we have non-government organizations, NGOs, that are constantly providing a double check on that.”
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“I encourage the check and balance, I encourage inspections,” Morgan added. “I feel very satisfied that if you go to these facilities, whether its a border patrol facility or an HHS facility or an ICE facility that there will be safe and adequate conditions to detain individuals.”
NEW: Acting @ICEgov Director Mark Morgan blasts @AOC comparison of migrant detention centers to concentration camps: “Its completely inappropriate, it’s reckless, it’s irresponsible, it’s misinformed, and it’s flat out wrong” https://t.co/AXuIN72jZ9pic.twitter.com/B6pfc43E5C
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) June 18, 2019
Yad Vashem — the world center for Holocaust research, documentation, education and commemoration — tweeted at Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday: “[email protected] Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor.'”
[email protected] Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of “extermination through labor.”
Learn about concentration camps https://t.co/oBPQsjf6FC#Holocaust#Historypic.twitter.com/nmc9As2nlO
— Yad Vashem (@yadvashem) June 19, 2019
Multiple Jewish groups slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday over her remarks about the Holocaust and concentration camps, encouraging her to visit a concentration camp and saying that she does not belong in Congress.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N. Y.) compared the struggle of battling climate change to fighting a 'systemic threat to our country' on par with World War II or the Cold War, during a Friday night MSNBC town hall.
'First all of, we've been here before: we've been here before with the Great Depression. We've been here before with World War II, even the Cold War,' she said. 'And the answer has been an ambitious and directed mobilization of the American economy to direct and solve our problem, our biggest problem.'
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Ocasio-Cortez went on to say that in all of these instances, America overcame these struggles by centering the entire economy 'around war.' The same attitude should be true when fighting 'our greatest existential threat,' climate change, she argued.
'To get us out of the situation, to revamp our economy, to create dignified jobs for working Americans, to guarantee health care and elevate our educational opportunities and attainment, we will have to mobilize our entire economy around saving ourselves and taking care off this planet,' Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez made similar comments when campaigning for her congressional seat in 2018, comparing fighting climate change to how the United States defeated the Nazis in World War II.
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'When we talk about existential threats, the last time we had a really major existential threat in this country was around World War II, so we've been here before, and we have a blueprint of doing this before. None of these things are new ideas, but we have is an existential threat in the context of war,' Ocasio-Cortez said. 'We had a direct existential threat with another nation and at this time it was Nazi Germany and Axis, who explicitly made the United States as an enemy, and what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire continent and industrialize our entire continent, and we put hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, to work in defending our shores and defending this country.'