Yad Vashem to AOC: Let us educate you about concentration camps

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Say what you will about Trump, at least he hasn’t talked his way into a Twitter beef with any Holocaust memorials. Yet.

I can’t believe we’re on Day Two of debating what Ocasio-Cortez meant by “concentration camps.” This is someone who’s suggested publicly that immigration enforcement is improper because Latinos are descended from native Americans and therefore kinda sorta American already. She’s radically in favor of open borders, as socialists (well, younger socialists) tend to be. She could have called the camps on the border “refugee camps” or, if she wanted to emphasize their nefariousness, “internment camps” a la FDR’s treatment of Japanese-Americans. She chose “concentration camp” due to its association with Nazism, pointedly using the phrase “Never Again” in her Instagram video about this, because she meant to imply that detaining illegals en masse is a moral atrocity of Hitlerian enormity. She wants us to either release everyone pending their asylum/deportation hearings, with many never to be seen again, or ideally to accept and amnestize them all. Anything short of that is “concentration camps.”

What else is there to say about this? She drew a garbage Nazi analogy to slander the concept of border enforcement, was called on it by everyone who isn’t the tank for her ideologically, and has spent the last 24 hours alternately claiming that she didn’t mean what she obviously meant or that she did mean it and it was a fair point to make. It was a bad-faith analogy in defense of a radical position and the people who are playing dumb about what she was up to are acting in even worse faith. She’s still yammering about it today:

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