Ocasio-Cortez Showcases the Left’s Reverse McCarthyism
By Elad Vaida|
My grandmother spent World War II in a concentration camp in Transnistria. Growing up in Israel, we were encouraged in school to ask our grandparents what it was like to live through the Holocaust, but my grandmother was always understandably sparse on the details. The only thing she ever spoke of was the terror of living day to day on the edge of starvation, being forced to eat grass at one point when hunger overwhelmed her. I later learned that she was almost taken by an SS officer to Auschwitz; the only thing that saved her life was a kindly high-ranking Romanian officer who refused to send those under his protection to the gas chambers.
Being raised with these stories, it’s frustrating to see politicians like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) make insulting comparisons between ICE detention centers and Nazi concentration camps. To make such a comparison, you’d have to be an idiot who is clueless about history, or a vicious cynic who callously uses the experience of Holocaust survivors to score cheap political points.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell into which category Ocasio-Cortez falls, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that her rhetoric is aggressively divisive, hypocritical, toxic to our political discourse, and completely disrespectful to the memory of the Nazis’ victims and Holocaust survivors who are still alive today.
Unfortunately, moronic comments of this variety are not limited to Ocasio-Cortez. Whether it’s in the media, academia, or our entertainment industry, we hear Trump compared to Hitler all the time. Last year, Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA, used similar language in comparing ICE detention centers to Auschwitz.