Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran MORE (R-Wyo.) fired back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Democrats reach cusp of impeachment Progressives hopeful for deal with Pelosi to avert showdown on drug prices MORE (D-N.Y.) about their ongoing feud that began with Ocasio-Cortez calling detention centers housing undocumented immigrants “concentration camps.”

“This is real Congress — this isn’t model Congress,” Cheney told reporters Tuesday during a House leadership press conference. “We have real work to do, and we ought to be getting that work done.”

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The week-long firestorm between the two congresswomen began when Ocasio-Cortez said during an Instagram Live video that detention centers housing immigrants are “exactly” like concentration camps, and in the face of criticism from Republicans and some Democrats, doubling down on her remarks.

“That’s a comment that is clearly ludicrous [and] clearly something that must be responded to,” Cheney said Tuesday. “I think she ought to apologize for it, and I think that we ought to be in a position where rather than launching attacks like that — which are clearly political on their face [and] clearly misinformed — we all ought to be working to try to help the crisis at the border.”

“Allegations that somehow the United States is operating in a way that is in any way parallel to the Holocaust is just completely ludicrous,” Cheney added.

After the freshman New York representative first made the comments, Cheney tweeted: “Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.”

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Later on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez said “shrieking Republicans” equated “concentration camps” and “death camps.”

“And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps,” she tweeted. “Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial.’ And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”

Ocasio-Cortez also called out Cheney, tweeting, “Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to 'educate me,' I’m curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?" 

Ocasio-Cortez refused to retract her comments despite criticism from lawmakers including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCollege Republicans launch campaign calling for GOP to take action on climate change Pelosi's whiplash moment brings praise and criticism GOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures MORE (R-Calif.), Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingJuan Williams: Stephen Miller must be fired Why the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' MORE (R-Iowa) and Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawHouse GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP Conservatives seek to stifle new 'alt-right' movement steeped in anti-Semitism MORE (R-Texas).

On Wednesday, she tweeted that “I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are. If that makes you uncomfortable, fight the camps - not the nomenclature.”

The New York freshman representative also accused Cheney of “directly and explicitly compared concentration camps on our border to the Holocaust,” adding that Republicans made the “intentional wild jump … for the explicit purpose of eliciting and manipulating pain for political fear.”

 

“Reminder: the member who directly + explicitly compared concentration camps on our border to the Holocaust was *Liz Cheney,*" she tweeted. "The horrors of the Holocaust went beyond the use of concentration camps, yet camps were part of the process. They have also been used before and after.”