An invitation to AOC

June 19, 2019 |

I try not to comment on every ridiculous, uninformed bubble of babble that drops out of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s mouth because (A.) I’m too nice and (B.) there are only 24 hours in a day.  But this one went so far over the line of decency, it deserves widespread public condemnation. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/us-favor-liz-cheney-goes-scorched-earth-aocs-concentration-camp-comment/

In her zeal to attack our immigration authorities who are forced to deal with an unprecedented crisis at the border created by her own Party’s policies and stubborn refusal to do their job, AOC declared:

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are… ‘Never Again’ means something…”

Yes, it does mean something.  It refers to never again allowing a repeat of the kind of horror represented by the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were brutally murdered by the Nazis.  When rightly called on this outrageous slander, AOC instead doubled down, suggesting that it's her critics who are ignorant of history:

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

No, this Administration, and all the towns along the border, are coping with an unprecedented invasion of illegal entrants who came here by their own choice, encouraged by people like you.  It isn’t rounding up citizens and putting them into concentration camps.  The deaths you refer to are not mass executions by firing squad or gas chamber, but deaths from diseases that the migrants are bringing with them, and to which our border guards and other American citizens are being exposed (thanks for that, too, by the way.) 

Asked to respond, the Holocaust Museum offered a link to this essay about the dangers of careless analogies to Nazism, the Holocaust and concentration camps:

https://medium.com/@HolocaustMuseum/why-holocaust-analogies-are-dangerous-4cc55ac575d8


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I’ll grant that AOC is sort of correct about one detail: there was initially a difference between a “concentration camp” and a “death camp.”  For instance, Auschwitz started as a group of concentration camps, then became the largest of the extermination centers.  I’ve visited there several times. You can feel the pain and terror in the very air around you. 

For those who were sent to the Nazi concentration camps, this kind of hair-splitting is a distinction without a difference.  To compare the brutality, starvation and threat of extermination at any moment that were suffered by Jewish concentration camp prisoners to the treatment of illegal immigrants that our officials are struggling mightily to deal with is not only slanderous to our immigration and border officials, it’s a stunningly ignorant and callous insult to the victims, both dead and still living, of the Nazi concentration camps.

To try to end on a conciliatory note, the next time I visit one of those camps like Auschwitz or Birkenau, or Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, perhaps AOC would like to join me? I find that's usually an excellent way of breaking anyone of making flippant Nazi analogies. Or if that’s too inconvenient, I’d suggest taking a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington before tweeting out any more nonsense comparing Americans whose political views she disagrees with to the people responsible for the Holocaust.    

 

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  • Marie Marshall

    06/22/2019 11:48 AM

    Clearly she is a careless person who is ignorant of the facts. It is alarming that her voice seems to invariably rise above the rest of the nonsense being promoted by her party. One must wonder what will be the end of these things. But then again, it is a certain thing that there will be a reckoning.

  • Dolores

    06/21/2019 10:25 AM

    I saw Nancy Pelosi on the news last night. She looks terrible. I am a conservative and capable of feeling compassion for a suffering human being, unlike Nancy and her gang. It must be painful to preside over a Party that is imploding and shattering into slivers. I see she is trying to get them to listen to reason, but as Yeats wrote, “the falcon can no longer hear the falconer...” I will pray for you, Nancy. You are in grave need of prayer. Your career and your policies have set you on the highway to hell, which we all know is paved with good intentions. You consistently chose the lesser good. Your Party is like a train wreck, too terrible to watch and yet we can’t look away. Only God can save you now.

  • Geoffrey Max Mordecai Spiro

    06/21/2019 03:34 AM

    I am looking forward to the next father & daughter candidate 2024...may Gd keep you both strong and healthy in the merit of all the martyrs who are very greatful to the both if you.

  • Mitch Fillet

    06/21/2019 12:56 AM

    I am so confused by all of this. And the confusion started with the declaration of sanctuary cities. We are a nation of rules and laws. And in order to protect the preponderance of our citizens, we use the courts to enforce those rules and laws. All of a sudden, it’s OK to throw our extensive set of immigration laws out the window. Or worse, on to the bonfire of political passion. Why is it legal and acceptable for a citizen of another nation to come to our borders, be admitted in to our country and be given access to state and federal support programs. ? We know nothing about these people. We do not even know the status of their health. If we are not careful, the measles outbreak that hit several prominent Northeastern universities last year will have been a warning and not a one time event.
    We continue to put our own children at risk from school shootings to rampant viral outbreaks. One must ask the question “Why? And to what end?”

  • Nelda White

    06/20/2019 09:34 PM

    they call our president hitler. ok, you do the comparing. hitler would not allow anyone to voice an opinion different from his own. democrat/socialist do that, not Pres Trump; hitler would silence freedom of speech, religion, right to own a weapon; publicly lie about his anti Nazi countrymen so they could be harassed publicly by his followers, democrat/socialist do that, not Pres Trump or his followers. there are many other things that can be looked up, but the dem/soc are too afraid to look because it proves how unamerican they are and how patriotic the Pres and his followers are.

  • Stephen H. Thomas

    06/20/2019 02:53 PM

    Maybe...
    Someone might or should arrange a junket for AOC to visit the German concentration camps so she can see for herself what a concentration camp was and is. It also may require someone to be there to snatch off her blinders before she begins the tour.

  • Granny Anne

    06/20/2019 02:44 PM

    From the beginning I have called her AUTROSITY Cortez. The woman belongs in a bar and not in politics. She is speaking only to the uneducated and the slothful.

  • Peter Rhoads

    06/20/2019 02:00 PM

    As a German-born, (legal) immigrant and naturalized American citizen, I would contribute to a (preferably one-way) ticket for AOC to visit Dachau to let her see the ovens.
    As someone else said earlier, this woman is an ignorant, mindless, twit. It is difficult to believe that there were enough stupid people in her district to get her elected.

  • Arlene Treat Johnson

    06/20/2019 01:47 PM

    I think AOC sees herself as the "moral" leader of the Democratic party. It's sad to see that someone who actually has a degree has no better understanding of history than to call our detention centers concentration camps. I am insulted! My dad spent the last part of WW II in a German prison camp. It was not a concentration camp, but it was a place where the prisoners knew that they were prisoners, where they were nearly starved to death, and where most of them developed frost bite because they were not allowed to keep their socks and not allowed to have blankets. Where, when the Germans marched them to keep them behind enemy lines, my dad's blood oozed out of his boots, but if you stopped you got a bullet in the head. These are NOT concentration camps, nor are they prison camps! Detention camps where these foreigners are fed, have beds, counseling, and entertainment are nicer than where some may have come from, and at our expense!
    AOC has no clue!!

  • Gayle Cochran

    06/20/2019 01:41 PM

    Thank you Governor I could not agree with you more your remarks are dead on. I think it's high time that somebody take a AOC on a tour of Washington and her first stop the Holocaust Museum. I think this was definitely the biggest and most disgusting, outrageous remark that this woman has made. She needs to go to the museum first and then she needs a trip to the Border which she has not done. Not sure how she can make judgments about what's going on on the border without even visiting there. Keep up the good work maybe someday we will eliminate people like her from serving in our Congress. God bless you sir and your family.
    Gayle, Arizona

  • George Taylor

    06/20/2019 01:38 PM

    Well said. Good explanation and conclusion. AIOC is getting tons of attention and constantly comes up with socialist party line or some DNC garbage. How desperate a parent must be to send their child, often very young, on a trip like this. But actually, the care they receive might save their lives. Finding relatives or fostering them out takes time and can be risky due to human trafficking and general health concerns. Congress withholding funds to improve care for these children is shameful.

  • Karen W Ames

    06/20/2019 10:41 AM

    Thank you for this clear explanation. Would that AOC and her followers actually read and admit to this clear truth of history. Our border guards should have our utmost respect and thanks, rather than misinformed slanderous accusations!!

  • Marjorie Brucker

    06/20/2019 10:20 AM

    Have been trying to get my email address changed. Nothing works, so trying this. OLD address is marjkay @gmailcom. New is above in email space, thank you

  • Tonnie Fennimore

    06/20/2019 10:15 AM

    The first and one of the more important differences between concentration camps and the border camps is that those that went to the Nazi concentration camps were torn from their homes and FORCED to go the concentration camps. The second difference is that they were forced to stay, under unbelievable cruelty and starvation. The people at the borders are fighting to get into the border camps. And they can get out and go home anytime they one. I’d say those quite definite distinctions!

  • AliceGray

    06/20/2019 09:04 AM

    Thank you for Saying that. I am so weary of her most ignorant and arrogant little speeches. Every time she opens her mouth she shows her ignorance and stupidity, yet she STILL was elected into office?? I can hardly believe it.

  • Debbie Gilbert

    06/20/2019 09:02 AM

    After visiting Dachau I can't imagine someone comparing our detention centers with these horrible concentration camps. Such a difference and if you actually studied history you might know something. Those people were starved, persecuted because they were Jews or helped them. These ILLEGALS have it pretty easy. Quit spouting your ignorance AOC. You should resign.

  • Mary O'Neil

    06/20/2019 08:30 AM

    Mr. Huckabee: Once again, you have brought wisdom and a knowledge of history to the forefront. The Congresswoman is just an example of how our public school systems have failed the U.S. As her segment of the population ages, I wonder what the U.S. will look like in 20 years.

  • Tim Sullivan

    06/20/2019 07:40 AM

    AOC will not visit a Holocaust museum, she hasn't even visited the border. Yet she touts herself as an expert on both.

  • Kenny seekins

    06/20/2019 05:56 AM

    Sir I really believe the New York has got to be regretting ever voting her in. How can you rake billions away from your community and thousands of jobs and then set there and say you beat corporate america. This is a woman who was a bar tender couldn’t afford an apartment when she took office to move to Washington and now she even thinks she deserves a raise. Everything out of her mouth is a joke. All I can say is GO DEMOCRATS....Trump 2020

  • Barbara Courtney

    06/20/2019 05:44 AM

    Sadly this no Brain person has no clue. What is wrong with people to think she is anyone to listen too, she needs to be removed from office and sent back to the Bar that she came from.

  • Kristine Worner

    06/20/2019 03:51 AM

    AOC has NO ideas what she is talking about and should put some "time in" before she opens her in educated mouth. She hasn't lived in ANY type of life where she had to REALLYmake a serious choice! Just because she's outspoken, doesn't mark her intelligent or correct! Trump will prevail the inadequate constitutes!

  • Linda Osborne

    06/20/2019 01:25 AM

    How on earth did this woman get elected. Lies come out every time she opens her mouth. She is so arrogant it make me sick. Comparing anything to the Holocaust just shows her ignorance

  • Frank Rivaldo

    06/19/2019 11:40 PM

    Ocasio-Cortez needs to return to high school and repeat history class which she obviously failed

  • Rebecca Ostrander

    06/19/2019 10:16 PM

    The more the Americans speak out about the ridiculous yet dangerous comments of AOC the more she is called out b the American people . To compare the border detainees to concentrations camps is a slam against millions of people that suffered and died in the hands of brutal killers. Her comments are a contradiction to what America stands for .. Freedom and liberty. AOC needs to go live in Venezuela or other socialist country with no entitlements and see how she likes the bread lines and hardship they live under. She is an embarrassment to America.

  • Bella Gray

    06/19/2019 09:45 PM

    An embarrassment for America that she is in office. This is clear evidence that we need to raise the age limit of Congress.