Once again Democratic Socialist member of Congress Alexandra Ocasio Cortez has demonstrated she is either an imbecile or speaks without doing any research. Her latest idiotic rant accuses the Trump administration of operating concentration camps. According to the dim-witted Democrat:
The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps. And if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t— I got nothing— I like, we can have, ok, whatever. I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not— that ‘never again’ means something, and 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. This week, children, immigrant children were moved to the same internment camps where the Japanese were held in the early, in the earlier 20th century. And this is, this is not even about a crisis for, this is not just about the immigrant communities being held in concentration camps being a crisis, this is a crisis for ourselves. This is a crisis on if America will remain America in its actual principles and values, or if we are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency. And so I think that that is, you know, 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. And a presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist. (video embedded below).
She doubled down on her idiocy today:
And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps.
And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
Obviously, AOC is trying to recover from her original foolishness. While not all concentration camps are death camps, she used the term “never again,” which was a direct reference to the Holocaust. The concentration camps used for Hitler’s final solution were death camps. And I am not saying that as a shrieking Republican but as a Jew with family members who suffered through the Holocaust.
What the asinine Alexandria was dripping stupidity about was Health and Human Services plan to use Fort Sill, an Army base in Oklahoma to hold growing numbers of immigrant children in its custody after running out of space at government shelters. Health and Human Services said in a statement that it has taken about 40,900 children into custody through April 30. That’s a 57% increase from last year, which is a rate on-pace to surpass the record figures in 2016 when 59,171 minors were taken into custody.
In its 150-year-history Fort Sill has operated continuously it is not being re-opened as some liberals have claimed. It was a POW camp during the Indian Wars (Geronimo was there), and home to the 1st Balloon Company. Post Field at Fort Sill is the oldest continually operating airfield in the U.S. Army. It is arguably the birthplace of US combat aviation, it was the home of The Army Ground Forces Air Training School, and still trains our military. A part of Fort Sill was indeed used as an internment camp. But it was also used to house unaccompanied minors in 2014 during the Obama administration. Per the Navy Times
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved the request from HHS to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied children, and the request extends through Sept. 30. The temporary facilities could be opened and stay open through Sept. 30.
This marks the second time in five years that Fort Sill has been called on in this type of effort. Fort Sill was used to temporarily house nearly 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children in 2014 for about two months because of a migration surge at that time.
Navy Times also explains that the Kids will be housed in “hard-sided structures, with semi-permanent, soft-sided structures used for support operations.” They won’t be staying in tents as the Japanese-Americans were forced to live in during WWII.
By the way, 2014, the Obama Administration also housed migrant children at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, another former site of a Japanese internment camp.
The Concentration Camp reference is not only hyperbolic but cheapens the memory of the real horrors that millions of people including six million Jews (1.5 million of them were children) some of whom were part of my family.
AOC would be well served to understand what the concentration camps were all about. For example, I have some relatives with this on their arms because at concentration camps they would tattoo numbers on their arms. This was done to keep track of the camp’s Jews and as an extra de-humanization because tattooing is prohibited in the Jewish faith
Is this being done at Fort Sill?
At the Nazi concentration camps, there were horrible, painful medical experimentation performed on Jews. Perhaps the most well-known was the horrors that Josef Mengele did to twins and other victims at Auschwitz. Through these experiments, he hoped to prove the superiority of the Aryan race. He experimented on over 1,500 pairs of twins along with other Jews and Gypsies, injecting dye into their eyes blinding them, or chloroform into their hearts killing them, or sewing twins together trying to create conjoined twins, forcing them into freezing water, and other experiments too horrible to repeat.
Are there horrible experiments being performed at Fort Sill?
At the German concentration camps, Jews were forced into gas chambers, sometimes disguised as showers where Zyklon B a cyanide-based pesticide was pumped in to murder them. At some camps like Treblinka, automobile exhaust was used to murder Jews. After gassed their victims, the Germans collected their hair, their clothes, glasses, gold teeth, and even artificial limbs to be used by the Reich.
I may be wrong, but I haven’t read anywhere that the Fort Sill facilities had a gas chamber and after they killed the children, they tore through their bodies to find what was re-usable.
And what about the bodies? Does Fort Sill have crematoriums where the children’s remains are incinerated?
Until there is evidence of any of the above happening at Fort Sill or any of the other places housing the overflow of illegal immigrant kids calling them concentration camps is inappropriate and cheapens the memory of the horrors my relatives, and families of the millions of others who suffered during the Holocaust at the hands of Nazis
The use of “concentration camp” by AOC is an example of her ignorance of history, political lunacy, or the fact that she doesn’t have the mental capacity to come up with an appropriate analogy.
It is also evidence of denial because if AOC and her Democratic Party colleagues got off their asses and addressed the crisis on the border, there wouldn’t be a need to find a facility to house the overflow of unaccompanied minors being exploited by adults sneaking across our southern border.
Oh and one final thing. A few months ago Alexandra Ocasio Cortez made the claim she was descended from Spanish Jews. It is important to realize that there is no proof this is true. I want to make sure people don’t think the ignorance coming from AOC was being uttered from the mouth of a fellow Jew.
Below is the video of AOC’s concentration camp idiocy:
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
AOC Concentration Camp