Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz ripped socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during a radio interview late last week after Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that the United States was operating concentration camps on the southern border, saying that her remarks make her a “Holocaust denier.”
Ocasio-Cortez ignited a firestorm last week when she said during an Instagram live video on Monday: “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps. And, um, if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t, I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever.”
Ocasio-Cortez made it clear during the video that she was referencing the Holocaust because she specifically mentioned “Never Again,” which is a direct reference to the Holocaust.
During an interview on SiriusXM’s “Breitbart News Tonight,” Dershowitz described Ocasio-Cortez as “a bigoted ignoramus who makes comparisons between what’s going on on the southern border and the Holocaust.”
“Let nobody misunderstand what she was saying. When she used the words ‘concentration camps,’ what she meant to invoke was the Holocaust,” Dershowitz continued. “She didn’t make distinctions between death camps and detention centers, between Dachau and Auschwitz. Even in the concentration camps that may not have been death camps, so many people died because they were forced laborers and everything like that. And of course ‘Never Again’ is the direct invocation of the Holocaust.”
Dershowitz then explained why Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks make her a “Holocaust denier,” which is a form of anti-Semitism.
Dershowitz said, “By making that comparison, she becomes a Holocaust denier, because what’s she’s saying is: ‘Gee, if all that Hitler did is what Trump is doing on the southern border,’ then there were no death camps, there were no killing squads, there was no genocide, there was no murder of a million-and-a-half babies, there were no selections where people were picked based on their health and whether they were twins and subjected to the most gruesome form of punishment.'”
This is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has used the Holocaust for her own political purposes.
Earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez used the Holocaust to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a notorious anti-Semite, from criticisms that Omar received after she described the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”