Democrat Defends Ocasio-Cortez’s False Claims: She Uses Words Differently
Dems and media rush to defend AOC's remarks about the Holocaust
As the media rushes to defend celebrity Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for her recent offensive false claims about "concentration camps," one Democrat has come up with, perhaps, one of the flimsiest excuses so far.
According to Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, Ocasio-Cortez isn't making false or offensive claims; she just uses words differently to everybody else.
Cuellar was speaking in response to a flood of recent statements from the controversial New York congresswoman.
The controversy started when AOC told her millions of Instagram followers during a live stream that President Trump and his administration are "running concentration camps" on the US Southern Border, making a direct comparison between the migrant crisis and the Holocaust.
She was later caught in a lie by claiming she wasn't referencing the Holocaust or Jewish concentration camps, before doubling down and claiming the US ran concentration camps during World War II.
Speaking to CNN Wednesday, Cuellar said that he does not consider the United States' border detention facilities “concentration camps” but declined to disagree with Ocasio-Cortez's Holocaust comparison, saying she has a “different usage of words” than most people.
The transcript is as follows:
BROOKE BALDWIN: I want to get you on the record for this. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused the Trump administration of running as what she referred to as “concentration camps” in its detention of migrants at the southern border. I wanted to ask you what you thought of her characterization, her comparison to the Holocaust and especially by ending it and saying “Never Again.”
REP. HENRY CUELLAR: With all due respect to her, she has a different usage of words and maybe a different perception… I’ve been to those detention centers, I’ve been to those shelters, as you know. There are adults that are in detention centers, but the children are put in shelters run by non-profits. I would not use the terms that she used and imply anything after that.
In March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered a similar defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after her controversial remarks targeting Israel, saying, “I don’t think our colleague is antisemitic.
"I think she has a different experience in the use of words.”
“[She] doesn’t understand that some of them are fraught with meaning that she didn’t realize, but nonetheless that we had to address,” the longtime California Democrat added.
On Wednesday, in response to the backlash of her own claims, socialist Ocasio-Cortez attempted to argue that the US ran "concentration camps" during WWII at the same time that Nazi Germany was systematically murdering millions of Jews during the Holocaust.
"The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during WWII," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"It is such a shameful history that we largely ignore it.
"These camps occur throughout history.
"Many refuse to learn from that shame, but here we are today.
"We have an obligation to end them."
The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during WWII.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2019
It is such a shameful history that we largely ignore it.
These camps occur throughout history. Many refuse to learn from that shame, but here we are today.
We have an obligation to end them. https://t.co/sYicLdcaA9
According to the Daily Wire, during a brief interview with CNN's Manu Raju, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that there was a "very clear academic consensus" that her comments about "concentration camps" were correct.
Ocasio-Cortez then doubled down on her false claim that the United States operated concentration camps during World War II.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims that it’s a “consensus” that she is correct about her “concentration camp” remarks and falsely claims that the United States operated concentration camps during World War II pic.twitter.com/nMZtQEkKhK— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 19, 2019
Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday for her false comparison of detention facilities to concentration camps.
"It's completely inappropriate, it's reckless, it's irresponsible, it's misinformed, and it's flat out wrong," Morgan told The Hill.
"There is so much oversight in these facilities, we have [Inspector General] report after IG report, we have non-government organizations, NGOs, that are constantly providing a double check on that."
"I encourage the check and balance, I encourage inspections," Morgan added.
"I feel very satisfied that if you go to these facilities, whether its a border patrol facility or an HHS facility or an ICE facility that there will be safe and adequate conditions to detain individuals."
NEW: Acting @ICEgov Director Mark Morgan blasts @AOC comparison of migrant detention centers to concentration camps: "Its completely inappropriate, it's reckless, it's irresponsible, it's misinformed, and it's flat out wrong" https://t.co/AXuIN72jZ9 pic.twitter.com/B6pfc43E5C— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) June 18, 2019
Multiple Jewish groups slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday over her remarks about the Holocaust and concentration camps, encouraging her to visit a concentration camp and saying that she does not belong in Congress.