- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on social media Wednesday after he accused her of doing a “tremendous disservice” to border detainees by comparing detention centers to “concentration camps.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, sparked widespread criticism this week after she repeatedly accused the U.S. government of “running concentration camps on our southern border.”

Mr. Todd said migrant detention facilities are in no way comparable to the concentration camps used by the Nazis during WWII, and that to make such a comparison does a “tremendous disservice” to the people detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“After being criticized, Ocasio-Cortez tried to make a distinction between concentration camps and Nazi death camps, where the industrialized mass slaughter of the Holocaust occurred,” Mr. Todd said on NBC News Wednesday night. “Fair enough. But congresswoman, tens of thousands were also brutalized, tortured, starved and ultimately died in concentration camps — camps like Dachau. If you want to criticize the shameful treatment of people at our southern border, fine. You’ll have plenty of company. But be careful comparing them to Nazi concentration camps — because they’re not at all comparable in the slightest.”

Mr. Todd also called out “sheepish” Democrats for not condemning Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments for the sake of partisanship.

“Are we really so ensconced in our political bubbles, liberal versus conservative, that we cannot talk about right versus wrong anymore?” he said. “Some things are bigger than partisanship — or at least they used to be. And in the interim, the crux of what’s truly at stake is lost: What is this country going to do about what’s happening at the border in this humanitarian crisis? We’ll get to that at some point I guess after we have this debate. No doubt Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cares deeply about what’s happening at the border. But she just did the people there a tremendous disservice by distracting from their plight.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Mr. Todd in a series of tweets, saying her goal is to fight for justice, not to make people “comfortable.”

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