The Holocaust was trending on Twitter on Tuesday after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLouisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test Joining Pelosi, Hoyer says lawmakers should be free to trade stocks Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema MORE (D-N.Y.) compared the Trump administration's migrant detention centers to concentration camps.
The remarks prompted fierce pushback from conservatives including House Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), pushing the discussion to forefront on social media.
Ocasio-Cortez first made the comparison late Monday while speaking about Trump's housing of immigrants near the souther border on Instagram Live. The New York Democrat, a regular critic of the president, said that the U.S. was "running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are."
“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," she said, adding that she wasn't using the phrase "never again" to "just throw bombs."
Nazi Germany began erecting concentration camps in the 1930's to hold Jewish people and other political prisoners under harsh conditions, later killing millions.
President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE crackdown on illegal immigration has included the construction and expansion of multiple migrant detention centers along the southern border, with liberals and advocates decrying their conditions.
Cheney took major issue with the comparison, saying on Twitter on Tuesday that Ocasio-Cortez should spend some time learning "actual history."
“6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust," she said. "You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.”
Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer asked on his daily news show whether the congresswoman owed an apology to "every Jew on this planet."
Ocasio-Cortez stood by her comments, arguing that "shrieking Republicans" didn't understand the difference between 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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
Concentration camps are considered by experts as “the mass detention of civilians without trial.”
And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.
She also responded directly to Cheney, asking, "what do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial?"
Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to “educate me,” I’m curious:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
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? https://t.co/OOfrrfa1Ew