Liberal comedian Rosie O’Donnell agreed with comparisons of illegal immigration detention centers to “concentration camps,” but took it another step.
In a strange claim on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen, O’Donnell appeared to agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her remarks that the U.S. is operating detention centers along the southern border that are really “concentration camps.”
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But the former daytime talk show host took that claim Monday and added that there were “over 100,000” of these “concentration camps” across the nation.
Bravo host Andy Cohen promoted O’Donnell’s nationwide protest of President Trump’s immigration policy set for next month as he brought up the detention centers.
“Rosie, you’re going to be doing a vigil called Lights for Liberty, July 12th, demanding an end to the detention camps,” he said, setting her up to run free with a rant remarkably devoid of facts.
“Yeah, the concentration camps, even though there’s lots of controversy about the word,” she replied.
“But actually, legitimate scholars who study genocide say, yes, these are, in fact, the criteria for concentration camps, they meet them,” she added. “There are over 100,000 camps in nearly every state. There’s between 10,000 and 13,000 children, that could fill Radio City Music Hall twice. That’s how many children unaccompanied alone in these camps.”
No telling who the “scholars” are whom O’Donnell cited but comparisons of anything to the Holocaust was roundly condemned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
“The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary,” the museum said in a statement released Monday following days of heated exchanges on social media on the topic.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust survivors and others have blasted Ocasio-Cortez for falsely claiming migrant detention centers operated by the U.S. on the southern border are like concentration camps. Her comments set off days of follow-up exchanges debating the inaccuracy of her claims and the controversial argument over the difference between “concentration camps” and “death camps.”
Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer called on the 29-year-old lawmaker to apologize to “every Jew on the planet,” but the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist has offered no apologies as she has doubled down on her comments, lashing out at other lawmakers while declining an invitation to tour personally Auschwitz.
O’Donnell not only appeared to agree with the congresswoman’s claims on Monday but inexplicably offered more information that she did not back up with facts. She was also asked by a viewer what she thought of Meghan McCain of ABC’s “The View,” a show which the comedian used to co-host.
“I don’t watch it. And I knew her when she was very young, I had the pleasure of working with her father for a lot of the Wounded Warriors Projects. And so got to know him through there,” O’Donnell said, before wagging a finger at her for clashing with her liberal co-host Joy Behar.
“Although I wish she wouldn’t be mean to Joy Behar, who is, you know, like a living legend, and is – should be respected for no other reason than she’s the elder statesman in the room, you know?” O’Donnell said.
McCain ignited a fiery debate on “The View” Tuesday during a heated discussion on border detention facilities.
‘The View’ turns to shouting match over immigration when McCain schools co-hosts on ‘torture facilities’ https://t.co/U2ry62D0bz
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 25, 2019
McCain noted that although the situation is “horrific” and a “total humanitarian crisis,” she objected to the hyperbole of calling the centers “torture facilities.”
“I know what a torture facility looks like. I’ve been to one,” she said. “When you have a facility whose specific purpose is to torture people, that is not what’s going on. Yes, it’s inhumane but there’s a big difference between the Hanoi Hilton and what’s happening at the border right now.”
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