Two Holocaust survivors are rebuking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after she drew a comparison between Nazi concentration camps and the migrant detention facilities along the country’s southern border.
David Tuck and Sami Steigmann made their remarks in a video for Turning Point USA. They come about a week after Ocasio-Cortez accused the U.S. government of “running concentration camps on our southern border” during an Instagram Live video.
“I went through it,” said Steigmann, who endured medical experimentation during his time in Nazi concentration camps. “How can you, looking at my face, tell me that the camps we have in south are concentration camps?”
“What you are doing,” he continued, “you are insulting every victim of the Holocaust. Shame on you.”
At the beginning of the video, Tuck said there are “no concentration camps here.” He later said, “Don’t talk to me about concentration camps. For every 10 Jews, nine were killed. I was lucky. I still have the number on my arm.”
Tuck concluded his comments saying the U.S. is “the best country in the world,” adding, “Enjoy life. We have no concentration camps here.”
Footage of their comments came just days before the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum issued a statement rebuking Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Democrats for drawing a comparison between the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border and Nazi concentration camps.
In its statement, the museum said it “unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary.”