After Rep. Liz Cheney expressed outrage at her statement that President Donald Trump’s administration is “running concentration camps on the southern border,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday asked the Wyoming Republican what term she would use to describe “mass camps of people being detained without trial.”
“How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after Cheney suggested it is inappropriate and offensive to call U.S. immigrant detention facilities “concentration camps.”
The back and forth between Ocasio-Cortez and Cheney—the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney—came after the New York Democrat said during an Instagram livestream Monday night that “concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice” due to the Trump administration’s mass detention of immigrants.
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Cheney urged Ocasio-Cortez to “spend just a few minutes learning some actual history” and claimed that to compare immigrant detention facilities to concentration camps is to “demean” the memory of the millions of Jews killed in the Nazi holocaust.
Cheney’s tweet sparked a flurry of reaction, including from Jewish commentators who expressed wholehearted agreement with Ocasio-Cortez’s statement, which has been echoed by historians and other commentators.
“The Holocaust did not begin with the murder of six million Jews,” writer Bess Kalb tweeted in response to Cheney. “It began with the same dehumanization, deportation, and internment we see today. You, sickeningly, invoke the Holocaust to minimize their suffering. Shame.”
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