Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is still getting flak for her misinformed comparison of US detention centers for illegal entrants to Nazi concentration camps (and to all the hair-splitters trying to defend her, her invocation of the phrase “never again” in her original post made it clear that she was indeed making reference to the Holocaust). But she’s doubling down and insisting it’s her critics who should apologize.
I’m beginning to wonder if she’s just doing this to get invitations for free travel. So far, I’ve invited her to accompany me the next time I visit one of the actual concentration camps or the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and a leader of our border guards invited her to come tour a detention center to see what they’re really like and the nightmare the guards are dealing with thanks to the Democrats’ policies that are encouraging mass illegal immigration.
And now, a third invitation: Polish Parliament member Dominik Tarczynski was so distressed by her cavalier conflating of protecting our borders with the mass incarceration and murder of millions of Jews to score “political points with enflamed rhetoric” that he wrote a letter formally inviting her to come tour Auschwitz. Having been there myself on more than one occasion, I can assure you that it would take a heart of stone or a brain of concrete not to grasp the enormity of the tragedy and horror that took place there.
Tarczynski wrote, “I wish to extend the olive branch of education to you, Congresswoman, and would be delighted if you would accept my offer to come to Poland and study the concentration camps here for real, so that you can see firsthand how different it is from your immigration processing centers on the U.S. border.” He noted that Poland was where “Adolf Hitler set up the worst chain of concentration camps the world has ever seen.”
I like the idea of the “olive branch of education.” It reminds me of the small tree branch my mother would have made me fetch to "educate" me if I’d ever said something that offensive. I sincerely hope she takes MP Tarczynski up on his kind and generous offer. I’m sure it would be a very educational trip for AOC. In fact, his letter should alone should be very educational for her, since he mentions that the Nazis were “the National Socialist German Workers Party of Germany.” Doesn’t that sound “progressive”?