Liz Cheney Slams AOC Over Concentration Camps Remark

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Posted: Jun 19, 2019 7:30 AM
Liz Cheney Slams AOC Over Concentration Camps Remark

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House GOP Conference Chair and Congresswoman Liz Cheney went off on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Tuesday for comparing the detention facilities at the southern border to concentration camps. She also expressed outrage at Democratic leadership for failing to condemn the freshman lawmaker’s remarks.

"It's a total disregard to the facts, in particular about the Holocaust, but also you see the extent to which her colleagues and the people who are supposed to be leading the Democrats in the House - Speaker Pelosi, Steny Hoyer - won't stand up and criticize what she's saying and condemn those comments," she said on Fox News’s “The Story.”

"I'm waiting for her fellow freshmen, I'm waiting for the leaders of her party to stand up and say they disagree because certainly, they ought to disagree. It was a shameful set of remarks."

AOC said during an Instagram Live video on Monday that “the U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are.”

Cheney told host Ed Henry that "at some point you just sort of run out of ways to describe how ignorant [the comparison] is."

She continued: "We should never be in a situation where somebody is bringing up the Holocaust in this public discourse, particularly diminishing what happened, particularly demeaning the state of Israel, demeaning the memory of the people who are lost and we really ought to understand and come to an agreement that we aren't going to do that. And any in depth understanding of history and, frankly, it doesn't have to be an in-depth understanding of history, it can be a surface level understanding of history, would demonstrate how wrong her comments were. I’m waiting for her fellow freshmen, I’m waiting for the leaders of her party to stand up and say they disagree because certainly they ought to disagree. It was really a shameful set of remarks"


The congresswoman's comments on Fox News came after a back-and-forth with AOC earlier in the day.