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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Pelosi, McConnell clash over next coronavirus bill Pelosi scales back coronavirus infrastructure proposal MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWhat the coronavirus reveals about the race grievance industry Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims 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 CheneyScott Gottlieb becomes key voice warning Trump, GOP on coronavirus Self-quarantined New York lawmaker: 'We should be in total lockdown' On The Money: Trump hopes to reopen economy by Easter | GOP senators expect stimulus vote on Wednesday | Democratic leaders forecast at least two more relief bills 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.