- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was “wrong” to call migrant detention centers “concentration camps.”

Mr. De Blasio, a 2020 Democratic hopeful, told NBC News’ Chuck Todd Wednesday night that while he closely aligns with the democratic socialist congresswoman politically, he is “100%” uncomfortable with her invoking the Holocaust to make her point about migrant detention facilities.

“I respect her greatly and I feel very close to her in terms of philosophy, but of course she was wrong,” the mayor said. “You cannot compare — what the Nazis did in concentration camps, unfortunately, is without any historical — I mean, it’s a horrible moment in history. There is no way to compare.”

“They are entirely different realities,” he said.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez sparked widespread criticism this week after she repeatedly accused the U.S. government of “running concentration camps on our southern border.” She has refused to apologize for her use of the term, saying she is “calling these camps what they are because they fit squarely in an academic consensus and definition.”

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