Rep. Omar was asked if she supported Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the phrase “concentration camps” to describe the detention centers along the US border. She said the issue was very simple.
“There are camps and people are being concentrated,” Omar said. She continued, “This is very simple. I don’t even know why this is a controversial thing for her to say. We have to really truthfully speak about what’s taking place.”
I won’t belabor the point since I’ve made it several times this week already, but AOC was pretty clearly making a Nazi reference when she said this. Omar simply sidesteps all of that as if it didn’t happen. And why not, since AOC herself has been using the same dodge. At least that’s what she says when she’s not openly promoting the idea that the “camps” are comparable to Nazi camps. Here’s the clip:
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) falsely claims that the U.S. government is operating concentration camps and says she does not know why it's controversial to compare CBP detention facilities to concentration campspic.twitter.com/R9Hplv2sX2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 21, 2019
Forget the hypocrisy of the principals here. It’s nothing new for Omar or AOC to say something outrageous and then pretend they didn’t mean what they clearly meant. We’ve seen that before. But where is the media on this? Why can’t someone ask AOC point black about the contradiction between what she said on Istagram and her subsequent denials that she didn’t have the Nazis in mind.
More to the point, why haven’t the entire host of Democratic candidates taking their cues from AOC been asked where they stand on this? Isn’t that how things work when a Republican says something outrageous? Other Republicans are asked to either endorse the outrageous comment or rebuke the colleague who made it. So far, the only person I’ve seen asked about this is Mayor de Blasio. To his credit, he didn’t dodge the question. “They are entirely different realities,” he told Chuck Todd.
That’s a start, but there are 20 other candidates who haven’t gone on record yet. I personally tweeted a question at all of them yesterday and, not surprisingly, none of them responded. But all of these candidates are doing media hits and all of them need to be asked. Because if a Democratic Party candidate considers any border patrol effort to be tantamount to Hitler, the American people need to know that. And if, on the other hand, none of the candidates support AOC’s position, we need to know that as well. And then she should be asked why she seems to be so far out on a limb by her lonesome.
But, hey, even if all of the candidates abandon her, AOC still has Rep. Ilhan Omar’s support.