According to Fox News, Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has only been in Congress for a matter of months, but in that short period of time she’s been able to prompt widespread outrage and catch the attention of some of America’s most prominent politicians in a negative way.
The so Called self-described Democratic Socialist has attracted criticism and surprise over controversial policies like the “Green New Deal,” as well as her unorthodox political views that seemed to stun people on both sides of the aisle.
On Tuesday morning , AOC once again ignited a media firestorm when she continued bashing President Trump’s administration by alluding to a term used to describe the horrific conditions Jews endured during the Holocaust. Here’s a review of that comment and the many others that seemed to lead one pundit to name her “the most powerful Democrat in office .”
In what were perhaps literally her most controversial comments to date, Ocasio-Cortez’s alluded to Nazi Germany while describing the way Trump detained migrant families on the border. “The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the land of the free is extraordinarily disturbing,” she said during a livestream that went viral on social media.
Her comments quickly caught the attention of her colleague, House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. Cheney, among others, suggested that the freshman congresswoman was grossly ignorant of history and disrespected Jews by bringing up a term often used to describe their imprisonment under the Nazis.
But AOC and many others suggested her comments weren’t outrageous because “concentration camps” were markedly different than the “death camps” that Holocaust victims experienced. Some weren’t buying it, though, and Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan — whose agency is partially responsible for detaining migrants — even weighed in, calling her comments “reckless, irresponsible, misinformed and wrong.”