Has the far-left fringe of the Democratic Party really learned nothing from Ilhan Omar's repeated brushes with antisemitism?
During an Instagram Live late Monday, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared border detention centers to 'concentration camps', and accused President Trump of being a fascist on par with Hitler. During her talk, AOC refused to shy away from the US-Nazi Germany comparison, according to the Hill.
"The US is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are," the freshman lawmaker said. "If that doesn’t bother you...I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that 'never again' means something."
"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," she added.
AOC said she wasn't trying to throw "bombs" with the Holocaust comparison. But that didn't stop her from breaking the first rule of public speaking: Just don't mention the Holocaust or Hitler. The situation in the US has become a crisis as freedom slips away in the face of an "authoritarian, fascist president."
"I don’t use those words lightly. I don’t use those words to just throw bombs. I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is," she said. "A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it’s very difficult to say that."
Somebody should probably remind AOC and her staff that the network of 'concentration camps' that she's complaining about predates President Trump (Barack Obama was the first to implement this controversial border separation policy).
Meanwhile, the US has been dealing with record numbers of immigrants crossing the border, many of them declaring asylum, and, once they are processed, are often released on their own recognizance. 90% of the time, asylum applicants released on their own supervision never return for their next court appearance.
Of course, AOC and her fellow progressives should try coming up with a border security plan of their own now that everybody acknowledges that the crisis at the border isn't "made up," and that unmitigated amnesty probably isn't the best response.