House GOP leader: Ocasio-Cortez 'needs to apologize not only to the nation but to the world'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Democrats erupt over Trump attacks Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPhiladelphia mayor: Trump would 'go to hell' if he had to go back to where he came from Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout The four Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's tweets MORE (D-.N.Y) for her comments this week accusing the Trump administration of operating "concentration camps."

At a press conference, the House GOP leader told reporters that the freshman congresswoman owed the U.S. and the world an apology for comparing detention facilities operated by the Trump administration to Nazi-era concentration camps throughout Europe, where millions of Jews were murdered.

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"I think Congresswoman AOC needs to apologize," McCarthy said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez. "Not only to the nation but to the world. She does not understand history."

"She does not understand what is going on at the border at the same time. But there is no comparison...and to actually say that is really embarrassing," McCarthy added.

"To take something that happened in history where millions of Jews had died, and equate it to somewhere that's happening on the border, she owes this nation an apology," he said.

His remarks followed a charge Tuesday afternoon from the New York lawmaker, who said in an Instagram video that the facilities operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies were "exactly" like concentration camps.

The remark drew fire from Republicans including Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney blasts Ocasio-Cortez over DHS dissolution Ocasio-Cortez suggests she's open to dissolving Homeland Security Pennsylvania Republican expected to replace Amash on Oversight MORE (Wyo.) on Twitter.

But Ocasio-Cortez defended her remarks and has been praised for her remarks by actor George Takei, who was interned by the U.S. government alongside Japanese Americans during World War II.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are," she said Monday night. “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."

“The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.