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Rabbi Aryeh Spero: AOC’s ‘Concentration Camps’ Comment ‘Deliberately Done to Tarnish the President’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | June 24, 2019 | 11:32 AM EDT

Rabbi Aryeh Spero (left) (Screenshot) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle” with host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday, June 19, president of Caucus for America and spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs Rabbi Aryeh Spero commented on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camps” remark, suggesting the comparison was “deliberately done to tarnish the president.”

“This was deliberately done to tarnish the president who happens to be very Philo-Semitic,” stated Rabbi Aryeh Spero. “Adolph Hitler wrote a book called ‘Mein Kampf,’ where he already told the public that his intention was to eventually exterminate the Jewish race. Americans would never do this. The president of the United States would never think of such a thing. And for Ocasio-Cortez to suggest that is malicious.”

Rabbi Aryeh Spero’s remarks on the “Ingraham Angle” came after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested that “[t]he United States is running concentration camps on our southern border” in an Instagram live video on her Instagram page, according to CBS News, Ocasio-Cortez also saying, “I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that 'never again' means something. The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing and we need to do something about it.” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also later defended calling temporary holding centers “concentration camps” in an NBC News video.

Below is a transcript in pertinent part of Rabbi Spero’s remarks on the “Ingraham Angle” last Wednesday:

Laura Ingraham: “Rabbi, she’s claiming, like, people are taking her words the wrong way. This is not what she meant. And people are just basically piling on her. But she used that phrase, I believe ‘never again,’ didn’t she? Why is that so crucial and so important for the Jewish community worldwide to not be co-opted in a political sense such as this?”

Rabbi Aryeh Spero: “She deliberately used a reference to the Holocaust. She called these ‘concentration camps.’ She didn’t talk about temporary holding centers – which they are. She specifically used the term ‘concentration camps’ so as to equate what we’re doing at the southern border, to equate that with the Nazi extermination of the Jews.

“And why did she do that? Because she wants to demonize the president of the United State, and that’s why so many in the Democrat Party have supported her because they want the American people to believe that our good president is somehow no different, God forbid, from Adolf Hitler, and that he has Nazi aspirations for the immigrants, which is totally false.

“You know, in the concentration camps, even the detention camps prior to the death camps, Jews were deliberately starved. They were not even clothed, and during the winters, they would freeze to death. Here we’re trying to do everything that we can to make it comfortable for the children who temporarily have to be separated from their parents during the time that we interrogate the parents to find out if they truly are the parents of these children, or they might be molesters.

“This was deliberately done to tarnish the president, who happens to be very Philo-Semitic. Adolph Hitler wrote a book called ‘Mein Kampf,’ where he already told the public that his intention was to eventually exterminate the Jewish race. Americans would never do this. The president of the United States would never think of such a thing. And for Ocasio-Cortez to suggest that is malicious. She’s ignorant, and she’s just trying to demonize the president and the country.”

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