House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Wednesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison of U.S. border security to concentration camps was being distorted by Republicans for political gain.
Mrs. Pelosi, asked about the concentration comparison, said she hadn’t seen the freshman congresswoman’s latest remarks.
But she warned her troops to be more careful, given how “politically charged the atmosphere is.”
“Republicans have no interest in holding the president accountable for his words, but they will misrepresent anything that you say,” Mrs. Pelosi said.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez drew rebukes from Republicans for her remarks Monday when she said, “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are.”
She added: “I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.”
The reference to “never again,” a mantra of the Jewish community in the wake of the Holocaust, led many to conclude she was comparing the detention facilities for illegal immigrants to Nazi camps.
“At some point, you just sort of run out of ways to describe how ignorant this is,” Rep. Liz Cheney, chair of the House Republican Conference, told Fox News.
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