The Republican machine is in fifth gear right now, speeding to attack one of their top Democratic targets: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
At issue, a video the New York Democrat recorded in which she calls the migrant detention camps on the U.S. Southern border “concentration camps.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is demanding Rep. Ocasio-Cortez apologize: “Not only to the nation but to the world,” he said. “She does not understand history,” he charged.
“But there is no comparison,” McCarthy claimed, “and to actually say that is embarrassing. To take something that happened in history where millions of Jews died…and equate that to somewhere that’s happening on the border…she owes this nation an apology,” he said.
WATCH: “She does not understand history,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says, demanding that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) apologize after she called migrant camps on the border “concentration camps.” https://t.co/KX9lhLjgHt pic.twitter.com/rSj0G4U4cW
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 19, 2019
The only problem is that not only does she understand history, there are many historians who rushed to state her assessment was one-hundred percent correct; the Trump administration is operating concentration camps for kids.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is refusing to back down, because she is right:
DHS ripped 1000s of children from their parents & put them in cages w inhumane conditions.ADVERTISEMENT
They call their cells “dog pounds” & “freezers.”
I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are.
If that makes you uncomfortable, fight the camps – not the nomenclature. https://t.co/eJpJWeYiotADVERTISEMENT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2019
GOP strategist Tara Setmayer says Republicans will defend Trump until he uses the N-word
Republican strategist Tara Setmayer told a CNN panel that the only way the GOP is going to be willing to stand up to President Donald Trump is if he uses the N-word.
In a panel discussion with CNN's Jake Tapper, Setmayer said that the Republicans in office will bend over backward trying to defend everything the president says and does.
"I think we’re at the point where I think anything short of the N-word they will make excuses for because at that point there is really no question about it, right?" she said. "So, it is obvious to everyone else, it is amazing to me how many of the Republicans are going out there and I said this yesterday, try to white-splain to people of color what racism is and what it feels like to deal with that every single day."
The media’s ‘Made in America’ problem: Trump creates racist controversy — and gets free campaign coverage
Let’s presume, however depressing that notion may be, that mainstream news organizations will continue to fumble the ball when it comes to directly calling blatantly racist statements coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth what they are, which is racist.
Let’s also presume that in the fallout of such incidents like Trump’s racist tweets on Sunday, media organizations adopt predictable stances. Most struggle to maintain a sense of equanimity and fairness when it comes to calling out Trump’s racism. Fox amplifies it.
‘Devastating, illegal, and unethical’: Trump denounced for imposing sweeping attack on abortion rights nationwide
Warning of "severe" consequences for reproductive healthcare, critics condemn the Title X gag rule as "blatantly coercive and a violation of medical ethics and patients' rights."
After President Donald Trump's administration announced Monday that it would immediately begin enforcing a ban on abortion referrals at clinics that receive federal tax dollars, outraged reproductive rights advocates warned about the impact on healthcare nationwide and vowed to keep fighting against what they call the domestic gag rule.