Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has not earned a lot of support for her recent comments equating migrant detention centers in the United States to concentration camps.
Ed Mosberg, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, is one of her many critics. The New Jersey resident believes the congresswoman should be removed from her public position and he has described her comments as “evil,” something that should carry a lot of weight considering what Mosberg has seen in his lifetime.
“She should be removed from Congress. She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity,” Mosberg told the New York Post in a recent interview regarding AOC. “The people on the border aren’t forced to be there — they go there on their own will. If someone doesn’t know the difference, either they’re playing stupid or they just don’t care.”
He went on to say that the congresswoman’s “concentration camps” comment “hurts a lot of people.”
“Her statement is evil. It hurts a lot of people. At the concentration camp, we were not free. We were forced there by the Germans who executed and murdered people — there’s no way you can compare,” he said.
Born in Poland, Mosberg saw the horrors of the war firsthand as a teenager.
“I saw people being hung, being beaten to death, [attacked] by dogs. I was laying on the ground, [the Nazi guards] were trying to kill me,” he said.
Before Mosberg’s latest statement he actually reached out to AOC and offered her a chance to become more educated on what concentration camps actually are. The Holocaust-education group From the Depths, of which Mosberg is the president, offered the congresswoman a chance to meet with Mosberg and to tour “German Nazi concentration camps.” AOC publicly declined the offer.
Encouraged by other lawmakers like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to make the trip, Ocasio-Cortez replied on Twitter, “The last time you went on this trip it was reported that you also met w/ fringe Austrian neo-Nazi groups to talk shop. So I’m going to have to decline your invite. But thank you for revealing to all how transparently the far-right manipulates these moments for political gain.”
AOC was referring to a trip King took last year where he met with a group that was founded by a former Nazi officer. It’s anyone’s guess why she thought that incident creates a legitimate reason for her to turn down Mosberg’s offer though.
“She should be taught a lesson,” Mosberg said of AOC turning down his group’s tour offer. “If you’re not there, you will never know what happened. She doesn’t want to learn — she’s looking for excuses. I would like to nominate her for the Nobel Prize in stupidity.”
Mosberg said the offer still stands for the congresswoman though.
“I can show her where they killed my mother, my grandparents and cousins so she understands this,” he said. “I will bring her to the place where they give my wife’s mother [benzine] injections to the heart and put her on the fire.”
AOC seems to be arrogantly standing her ground as a representative for the congresswoman told The Post, “She made a distinction between a death camp and concentration camp. She’s been pretty outspoken about the issue.”
AOC made waves recently when she took to Instagram and said, “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps.”
Her representatives can make whatever excuses they want. She is crystal clear in that statement that she is calling migrant detention centers “concentration camps.” Mosberg is right. AOC needs to be taught a lesson when it comes to history.
Story updated: A previous version of this story referred to Steve King as a representative from Tennessee. He is actually a representative from Iowa.
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