Like clockwork, House Democratic leadership is circling the wagons around Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she accused the United States of operating “concentration camps” at the border, clearly referring to those used to exterminate millions of Jews in World War II.
After Ocasio-Cortez’s comments sparked widespread, bipartisan outrage, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to condemn her. She responded to questions by saying “people will misrepresent anything.”
There is no misrepresentation about her abhorrent Holocaust comparison, and some members of Pelosi’s caucus are starting to speak out:
- Rep. Josh Gottheimer to The New York Times: “But, make no mistake, the comparison is cruel and disrespectful to the six million who were murdered in the Holocaust, including members of my own family. Concentration camps were places where Jews and others were enslaved, tortured, and then sent to gas chambers to be murdered.”
- Rep. Henry Cuellar on America’s Newsroom: “I would not call those ‘concentration camps,’” … “I know that from my Jewish friends there were particular reactions.”
Even Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and CNN’s John Avalon recognized how irresponsible her comments were. You’d think top Democrats like Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer would have the courage to join their own members and the vast majority of Americans in repudiating what Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said.
Bottom line: By refusing to condemn Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer are giving her their tacit stamp of approval, admitting that she truly is the intellectual leader of their caucus.