It’s not exactly breaking news when AOC says something indefensible, but she outdid herself in an Instagram video last night by calling U.S. immigration facilities at the border “concentration camps”:
Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Trump is operating concentration camps, compares the situation to the Holocaust: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something … we need to do something about it” pic.twitter.com/F2MmZ8y2dT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
Her defense was that “concentration camps” is a simply a term for facilities holding masses of people without trial. But it’s obviously pejorative, and she made it clear what she meant during the video when she invoked the phrase “never again.”
This is a ridiculous smear at every level: We obviously aren’t rounding up people and sending them to these camps, but temporarily holding people who are coming over the border illegally of their own volition. Yes, the facilities are badly over-taxed, but Congress could alleviate the situation immediately by appropriating more resources. The migrants aren’t being held in the absence of due process, but in many cases at the beginning of a long asylum process. Finally, they aren’t being held for the duration, but are released into the country in fairly short order, likely never to be removed.
Of course they are concentration camps. They concentrate illegal immigrants that have violated our borders in secure facilities until they can be process and released or deported. Of course, Sandy didn’t mean the term literally; she meant it figuratively… historically. She meant like Nazi concentration camps.
There is a stark difference, though. Aside from the comfortable facilities, the food and the lack of shootings, beatings and forced labor, there is another very important difference, and THAT difference makes all the difference in the world.
These people are in the camps VOLUNTARILY. They put themselves there. They CHOSE to be there. No one sought them out, rounded them up, loaded them on rail cars and hauled them to our border; they couldn’t WAIT to get there.
Frankly, I doubt Sandy even know what the Nazi concentration camps consisted of; it’s just something she heard. Sandy would not sit through a World History class that taught the unvarnished history; she would protest that. She would only condone REVISED history, so she has no idea what a “concentration camp” looked like in 1934-1945.
The stupidity of Sandy seems to not yet have found its boundaries. Perhaps it is limitless.
@Deplorable Me: She needs to do something about the horrible conditions send the people back to their homes, repatriotization back to their homelands back with the flags they were waving on their forced march to Trumps camps.
She needs to get her party together and write legislation without farts.
She’s now proven that in addition to to being ignorant on economics and science she is also ignorant of history. The fact that she always blames someone else for her ignorance also proves she is irresponsible and childish. Comrade Omar came out today and sided with Iran. So today one demokrat accused the country of operating concentration camps and the other sided with one of our sworn enemies. Further proof the demokrats really hate this country.
@another vet: It’s as if she worries there are people out there that don’t know how stupid she is, so she has to think of new ways to assure them.
Talk about Stupid this ding-bat just takes the cake a big time screwball who needs to see a head shrink losing her marbles just like with all the rest of the Liberal Democrats
Just because we’re concentrating undocumented aliens into camps is no reason to refer to them as “concentration camps”.
They should be referred to as “assembly centers.” Or maybe, since it’s summer, as “summer camps”. They should all be given camp tee shirts as they leave.
@Greg: They should receive a kick in the ass back over the border.
They should be given tracking devises as 90 % never show up for their cases.
@Deplorable Me, #7:
But some of them may have so much more to contribute to America than, say, dissatisfied Trump supporters living off of their Socialist Security checks. Surely at the very least they deserve free camp tee shirts. Maybe we could put some sort of identifying insignia on them, and require them to be worn at all times.
It’s not the effort to bring undocumented immigration under control that bothers me. After all, the Obama administration was doing a better, more effective, and far more selective job of it than Donald Trump, whose rhetoric about closing the border and building an impenetrable barrier has boosted the influx of desperate refugees to an all-time high, and threatened to collapse the entire system. What bothers me is the enthusiastic vindictiveness of it, and the appeal that has to a certain fearful demographic. I don’t view that as an American attribute. It runs contrary to the best in our national character.
Except for our Native American population, we are a nation of immigrants. Their common hopes, dreams, energy, and aspirations built this nation.
(At this point, you’re supposed to tell me how we’re a nation of laws, and want no one who so blatantly disregards them. Go ahead. I enjoy ironic comedy. Make my day.)
Before AOC opens her mouth to double (or triple) down on this maybe she ought to acquaint herself with the commie Chinese’ treatment of the Uighurs.
Islam’s Uighurs were Chinese before the commies were even dreamt of in China!
They’ve been where they lived for over 1,000 years according to archeological finds.
But all their males are being rounded up into work-til-you-die camps.
All the old women, too.
The marriage aged women are being married off to good single commie Chinese men.
The young children are being adopted by childless commie couples who want a child.
The teens are just being killed, mostly by forced labor on toxic lands.
Where they used to live is mostly ghost towns with a few non-commie Chinese (non-Muslims) using them.
BTW, the Chinese did all this before, in Tibet.
But can AOC see a real genocide when one is slapping her in the face?
Yeah, they have a lot to offer; that’s why they exploit the loopholes the left shows them and violate our immigration laws instead of immigrating legally… because they are so valuable to us.
They are tools exploited by the left to overwhelm our resources at the border dilute the voting public.
Yeah, but maintaining an economy that was worse than what they had at home so they wouldn’t bother to violate our immigration laws was harmful to citizens at home. That was all Obama contributed to a reduction of illegal immigration. It has only increased after an initial sharp decrease after Trump’s election because the left is promoting illegal immigration on a much larger scale.
@Nan G: Sandy, like most liberals, never met a US adversary she didn’t love. In this case, it is the hoard of illegal immigrants Soros and his surrogates are mobilizing to violate our borders. Not only is she totally ignorant of any historic context of her stupid statements, but she can’t acknowledge that the illegal immigrants are fleeing failed socialism and its accompanying violence when they are legitimate asylum seekers.
@Greg: Concentration camp, the only one people climb over the fence to get in.
My great grand parents were immigrants, came to America through Ellis island passed a health check, never got a dime of assistance, learned english. Worked in Chicago til they could afford to buy land, cleared and farmed that land, built their own home with their own hands. No free medical or food stamps raised 3 kids. There is no such thing as white privilege. Europeans worked hard each group arriving had to go through prejudice and make their own way. Crack a book and stop with the mockingbird bull you try to spread.
Immigrants are welcome invaders are not.
Perhaps Sandy should get a little credit; most anti-Semites won’t even acknowledge that the Holocaust even happened. Though she only uses the admission as a cheap political jab, at least she seems to believe it happened.
Of course, Pelosi won’t reprimand her, despite her pledge of the most ethical House in history. And, Sandy doubles down by citing the internment camps of World War II… a product of a Democrat administration, a detail Sandy fails to mention (or is ignorant of).
Difficult to tell the difference between the farce and liberal reality.