US Vice President Mike Pence blasted remarks made by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., when she declared that the U.S. was running “concentration camps” along the US-Mexico border.
Speaking on the Christians United For Israel summit on Monday, Pence slammed Democrats who he mentioned “cheapened” the memory of Holocaust victims by evaluating their conditions to these of illegal immigrants at detention facilities, though he never referred to Ocasio-Cortez by name.
“We must never ever permit the memory of those lost in the Holocaust to be cheapened as a cliché to advance some left-wing political narrative,” Pence stated. “Sadly, in latest weeks, that’s precisely what some Democrats have carried out within the national debate. Last month, a leading Democrat in Congress compared our U.S. Customs and Border Protection detection services to concentration camps.”
He continued. “To compare the humane work of dedicated men and women of Customs and Border Safety with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage. The Nazis took lives; American law enforcement saves lives day by day. This slander of legislation enforcement was an insult to the 6 million killed within the Holocaust.”
Ocasio-Cortez launched a nationwide debate overusing the term “concentration camps” to describe the detention facilities. Many Republicans and a few Democrats condemned her remarks. However, she found many defenders inside her party and amongst progressives, together with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
Several Holocaust museums together with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Auschwitz Memorial and Yad Vashem have denounced the use of such terminology.