Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is acting outraged that U.S. border detention centers are not commonly called “concentration camps” by the media.
The New York Democrat decided to use the term to refer to the facilities last week in an instagram rant against the Trump administration. In response to backlash, she has implausibly claimed that she was not invoking the Holocaust, but simply using academically correct language.
“I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are,” she tweeted at one point.
On Sunday, triggered by Rep. Steve King’s suggestion that she tour Auschwitz, a real Nazi concentration camp and death camp, Ocasio-Cortez went off on a Twitter tirade. After accusing the Iowa Republican and unspecified other members of his party of being racists, she demanded that journalists – and presumably everyone else – adopt her usage of “concentration camps.”
“Journalism should be about the truth,” she said, linking to an ABC report that quoted a doctor calling “torture facilities. “And this is the truth.”
Ocasio-Cortez suggested that to refer to migrant detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border otherwise is tantamount to calling torture “enhanced interrogation,” as she alleged the Bush administration once “bulled media” into doing.
Remember when the Bush administration bullied media into using their devised term “enhanced interrogation” instead of the accurate term “torture?”
Well, waterboarding was torture. And these are concentration camps.
Journalism should be about the truth. And this is the truth. ⬇️ https://t.co/8N0hfw50uY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 23, 2019
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Leaving aside Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism of how the press covered C.I.A. torture – other than to note that she was 12 years old on Sept. 11, 2001 – her historical analogy was yet again a flawed one. The press and others have called the migrant detention centers by the same terms across presidencies.
Ocasio-Cortez is the one bullying the media, if not yet into adopting her terminology than at least into tolerating – or even supporting – her lies.