VIDEO: Even students say AOC's 'concentration camps' comment too 'extreme'

  • After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared detention centers at the U.S. border to "concentration camps," sparking a wave of backlash.
  • Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips asked students at George Washington University their thoughts on the comment.
  • Most students said they thought the New York congresswoman's remark went too far.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stirred up controversy Tuesday after referring to migrant detention facilities as “concentration camps.” 

“This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border,” she said, before doubling down in an Instagram live video. 

"I think it's a bit extreme."   

The comments immediately sparked outrage from many, including the World Center For Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem. 

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The group responded to Ocasio-Cortez by saying “concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor.'"

Wanting to know what college students thought of the comments, Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips went to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a copy of Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet. 

It soon became clear that students on both sides of the aisle found the congresswoman's comparison appalling. 

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“I think she owes a major apology to the American people for comparing detainment camps to one of the most horrific events ever in human history,” one student said, while another added, simply, “you can’t be throwing that word around.”

“I think it’s a bit extreme,” one concerned student said.

Another student admitted the phrase might cost her supporters, saying “concentration camp might make people who would normally support her be a little annoyed.”

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Cabot Phillips is the Editor-In-Chief for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform he spent time working on numerous campaigns—most recently as the Digital Grassroots Director for Marco Rubio’s Presidential bid. Phillips is also a YouTube Partner, creating and starring in numerous videos which have amassed over 70 million views across varying online platforms.  In 2016, Phillips was named to Red Alert Politics "30 Under 30" list of the nation's most influential young conservatives.

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