Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a social media darling but not for long. She took to her favorite medium last night to bash Trump and most admit she went too far.
The far-left will love it, but the race in 2020 will be a race to the middle, and with stunts like this, the Democrats are ceding the important middle ground.
From The Daily Mail: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed ‘fascist’ Donald Trump’s immigration policy, saying his administration is operating ‘concentration camps on our southern border.’
The Democratic Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district streamed a live Q&A with her Instagram followers on Monday, in which she doubled down on her criticism of the government’s crack down on asylum seekers and migrants.
‘That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps,’ Ocasio-Cortez said during the live-stream.
‘I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that “never again” means something.’
The phrase ‘never again’ has strong ties to the aftermath of the Holocaust and some conservatives accused Ocasio-Cortez of ‘trivializing’ the term by applying to Trump’s policy.
But Ocasio-Cortez maintained that the Democrats ‘are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency’ and insisted that she does not ‘use those words lightly’.
‘I don’t use those words to just throw bombs,’ she continued. ‘I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is.
‘A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist and it’s very difficult to say that.’
‘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 came under fire from conservatives in November after she used the Holocaust analogy to point out that applying for refugee status should not in itself be considered a crime.
‘Asking to be considered a refugee and applying for status isn’t a crime,’ the 29-year-old posted on Twitter. ‘It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.’
According to NBC, as of early June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was detaining more than 52,500 immigrants every day in a network of more than 200 detention centers.
Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Trump is operating concentration camps, compares the situation to the Holocaust: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something … we need to do something about it” pic.twitter.com/F2MmZ8y2dT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019