Rep. Ilhan Omar has once again poked the hornet's nest, backing fellow congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who said that the white house is operating "concentration camps" on the US-Mexico border.
When asked by a reporter if she agreed with AOC, Omar defended the comments using a literal description of 'concentration camps' - saying "There are camps and people are being concentrated,” adding "This is very simple. I don’t even know why this is a controversial thing for her to say."
Prominent Jewish leaders did not take kindly to Omar's remarks.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted on Friday that AOC and Omar "prefer mass hysteria & false comparisons over pursuing bipartisan fixes/progress."
AOC was wrong to invoke the Holocaust in deriding what she calls US “concentration camps”. Omar & others are trying to defend it, here saying a concentration camp is a camp that’s concentrated. They prefer mass hysteria & false comparisons over pursuing bipartisan fixes/progress. https://t.co/G07vqbkmDV— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) June 21, 2019
Former New York Democrat Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted on Friday "For those who know @Ilhan well by now could have bet with precision that it was only a matter of short time before she would follow @AOC in distorting Holocaust history for political gain!" In a followup, he said that Omar is invited to go on an educational tour of Nazi concentration camps.
Major GOP donor Dan K. Eberhart tweeted: ".@IlhanMN already has a history of incredibly insensitive and anti-Semitic remarks, so of course she would support @AOC's incredibly offensive and intellectually dishonest "consecration camps" remarks."
.@IlhanMN already has a history of incredibly insensitive and anti-Semitic remarks, so of course she would support @AOC's incredibly offensive and intellectually dishonest "consecration camps" remarks. https://t.co/4BnyJsesFF— Dan K. Eberhart (@DanKEberhart) June 21, 2019
Recall just three months ago House Democrats almost censured Omar over two remarks considered anti-Semitic, only to pivot and turn the resolution into a general "anti-bigotry" vote. She now sits on the Black-Jewish Congressional caucus on which Rep. Zeldin also sits.
Ocasio-Cortez sparked controvery during a Monday evening instagram video in which she casually compared the border crisis to the holocaust, drawing wide condemnation from Jewish groups and others.
AOC compares Trump to Hitler here:— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
-‘Never Again’ references the Holocaust
-Concentration camps are a reference to the Holocaust
-AOC mentions WWII internment camps Japanese Americans were forced in
-Calling Trump a "fascist" is comparing him to Hitler given the time period
As we noted on Wednesday, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York slammed AOC - writing in a Tuesday statement: "We are deeply disturbed by the language used in your recent Instagram live video which seeks to equate the detention centers on America's southern border with Nazi-era Concentration Camps."
On Saturday, she doubled (or is it tripled?) down.
The GOP has supported building mass concentration camps on the southern border. Kids & families are dying.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 22, 2019
Now they want money for more - w/ ZERO negotiation on how $ is spent.
We can’t do that. They‘ve shown that when they get more money, they build more camps. #CloseTheCamps https://t.co/DYhXuU9Crz