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Political Leadership
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd says “you can’t call” the concentration camps at our southern border “concentration camps.”

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess
MSNBC host lashes out at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and reveals his own total ignorance MSNBC host lashes out at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and reveals his own total ignorance MSNBC written by David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement June 19, 2019 802 MSNBC’s Chuck Todd says “you can’t call” the concentration camps at our southern border “concentration camps.” “Be careful,” Todd warned – comparing the Trump administration’s camps, where we are keeping migrants, including many children, against their will, in horrific conditions – “comparing them to Nazi concentration camps. Because they’re not at all comparable in the slightest.” His tone was one of anger and personal outrage. He is extraordinarily wrong. Todd, who hosts NBC’s “Meet the Press” and MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily,” also serves as the network’s political director. Perhaps he should reach out to a few historians and a few experts on authoritarianism, maybe experts in Nazi concentration camps, before opining in such a degrading and condescending manner (watch the video below.) Todd is actually criticizing Democratic lawmakers for not condemning Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks. Keep in mind, she never said “Nazi concentration camps,” nor did she say “Nazi death camps.” She said “concentration camps,” which Hitler did not invent, and which have been used before, even by the U.S. – as many who studied America’s horrific Japanese internment camps know. Some, like George Takei, say the comparison is legitimate. He should know. As a young boy he lived in two. George Takei ✔ @GeorgeTakei I know what concentration camps are. I was inside two of them, in America. And yes, we are operating such camps again. 214K 10:44 PM - Jun 18, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 67.9K people are talking about this Chuck Todd is extraordinarily wrong. Todd opened his segment by saying he’s “obsessed with what’s happening at our southern border.” That’s false. Report Advertisement If he were, he wouldn’t focus so much on what AOC and historians are calling the camps, and would do something about them. Todd goes on to say what’s “as upsetting as” AOC’s comments are the Democrats who refuse to condemn her for them. Why should they? She’s 100% correct. Andrea Pitzer, who wrote “One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps,” today writes in GQ that Trump’s camps are the “heirs” of concentration camps. Report Advertisement “A camp in a country in which the leader openly expresses animosity toward those interned, in which a government detains people and harms them by separating children from their parents or deliberately putting them in danger, is much closer to a concentration camp than a refugee camp.” Others have been less generous. Lester Andrist @landrist I did my dissertation on #ConcentrationCamps, so I have a few thoughts about @AOC's use of the term to describe the build up of camps on the US southern border. For those in a hurry, here's the take-home message: By any reasonable definition, these are concentration camps 55.9K 2:54 PM - Jun 18, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 20.8K people are talking about this Mehdi Hasan ✔ @mehdirhasan 'Things can be concentration camps without being Dachau or Auschwitz. Concentration camps in general have always been designed...to separate one group of people from another group.' - Waitman Wade Beorn, Holocaust and genocide studies historian at the University of Virginia https://twitter.com/Liz_Cheney/status/1140988893627478018 … Liz Cheney ✔ @Liz_Cheney Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this. https://twitter.com/realsaavedra/status/1140846386042171392 … 5,010 2:57 PM - Jun 18, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,422 people are talking about this Chuck Todd is extraordinarily wrong. Watch: Embedded video Meet the Press ✔ @MeetThePress Ocasio-Cortez's comparison of ICE detentions to concentration camps did border detainees 'a tremendous disservice' #MTPDaily 'She said she didn't use those words lightly,' Chuck Todd said. 'Well, neither did I.' 8,180 5:55 PM - Jun 19, 2019 13.7K people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Don't let big tech control what news you see. Get more stories like this in your inbox, every day. email address 0 comment
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