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AOC Grilled on Whether 'Concentration Camps' Existed Under Obama, Clinton

Ocasio-Cortez pressed by Jake Tapper about detention facilities under Democrats - WATCH

 on 28th June 2019 @ 7.00pm
ocasio cortez was grilled about her claims that trump is running  concentration camps © press
Ocasio-Cortez was grilled about her claims that Trump is running 'concentration camps'

Twitter famous Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was grilled during a TV interview about the whether the "concentration camps" - she has accused President Donald Trump of running on American soil - existed under the Obama and Clinton administrations.

Ocasio-Cortez has taken credit for sparking change by recently likening US immigrant detention facilities to the camps used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

During a Thursday interview on CNN, AOC was pressed by host Jake Tapper on whether that term applied to the same facilities when they existed under Democratic presidents.

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ocasio cortez said she was  working in a restaurant  during obama and clinton s presidencies © press
Ocasio-Cortez said she was 'working in a restaurant' during Obama and Clinton's presidencies

"...using that definition, there were also concentration camps under Obama, and under Bill Clinton," Tapper began.

"That's in the story that you retweeted.

"So, did you call them concentration camps at the time, when Obama was president?"

"Well, at the time, I was working in a restaurant, but I do — I absolutely was outspoken against Obama's immigration policies and the detention of families then," Ocasio-Cortez replied.

"I think it's a remarkably consistent position, and I'm not here to defend wrong actions just because they happened under a Democratic administration.

"I'm here to speak truth to power.

"If it's wrong, it's wrong, and I frankly don't care what president does it."

And here's the retweet Tapper appears to be referencing:

Tapper also quizzed Ocasio-Cortez what she would say to Holocaust survivors, or their descendants, who find her invocation of the term concentration camp in this context highly offensive.

inside an immigration facility during obama s presidency in 2014 © press
Inside an immigration facility during Obama's presidency in 2014

"I have many in my district, and our Jewish community has rallied around this issue," Ocasio-Cortez said.

"Because when we talk about concentration camps, if we do not also talk about Japanese internment, if we don't talk about the Boer War, if we don't talk about the many times this has happened in the history of humanity, then we also erase the suffering of those people."

"I believe that we have also made sure that we explicitly use the term 'concentration camp'," she continued.

"And we have to learn from the slow process, the slow, dehumanizing process that leads to horrible things happening to people."

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