The United States Holocaust Museum provided a statement Monday rejecting contrasts made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in between prohibited alien detention centers on the southern border and “prisoner-of-war camp.”
The declaration does not mention Ocasio-Cortez directly, but is clearly an action to a debate that started one week ago, when she declared on an Instagram live video that the U.S. was operating “prisoner-of-war camp” on the border. She likewise utilized the expression “never again,” typically associated with the Nazi Holocaust. In the week since, Ocasio-Cortez has declined to remedy her declaration or apologize. She has actually likewise declined an invitation to go to Auschwitz.
The declaration reads, in part:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unquestionably turns down efforts to create analogies in between the Holocaust and other occasions, whether historic or modern. That position has consistently and unambiguously been explained in the Museum’s official declaration on the matter– a statement that is repeated and declared now.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who just recently helped lead the first-ever U.S. federal government delegation to the annual March of the Living between Auschwitz and Birkenau, retweeted the Holocaust museum’s statement:
Never ever compare the Holocaust to anything. Ever. https://t.co/gPPp8uDxxw
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 24, 2019
Some Democrats– notably, Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN)– have actually protected Ocasio-Cortez. A couple of left-wing academics, too, have safeguarded the contrast (and received some attention from traditional media). But Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial turned down the analogy, and Alan Dershowitz has actually called it a kind of “Holocaust rejection.” The U.S. Holocaust Museum’s declaration is the most conclusive rejection to date.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author ofHow Trump Won: The Scoop of a Transformation, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.