Chris Cuomo: Term "Concentration Camp" Not Associated with Nazis, but "America First" Is

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo arrives for the funeral for journalist Jimmy Breslin, at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Breslin died Sunday, at age 88 after decades of battling corrupt politicians and championing the downtrodden in columns for the Daily News and other New York newspapers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The media is really digging in deep in order to mount a defense for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) who recently labeled the army base immigrant children are being sent to as a “concentration camp.”

This set off a firestorm, as well it should. Ocasio-Cortez was clearly trying to sensationalize the movement of immigrant children to an army based being used as a place to put an overflow of children at the border. The same base was used by the Obama administration when it faced a similar problem a handful of years ago.

As Ocasio-Cortez suffered heat from the general population for her blatant disrespect, the New York democratic socialist launched a defense of herself that just made it worse. Of course, the media immediately launched into AOC’s defense with gusto, and joined the New York congresswoman in attempting to redefine the term “concentration camp” and bring it away from Nazi connotations.

This includes Chris Cuomo, who, in his attempt to help out with the Democrat’s quest to weasel out of a major foul, made himself look even more ridiculous by essentially suggesting that “America first” has more connections to Nazism than “concentration camp” does.

While arguing with Steve Cortes, Cuomo asked if he was “satisfied” with the explanation given for AOC’s blunder to which Cortes rightfully replied that it’s not a good explanation, as it’s attempting to redefine what it really means.


Mounting a defense, Cuomo said that Cortes had no problem with the phrase “America first,” which the CNN host said was equally associated with Nazism, as well as the word “Nationalist.”

Cortes wasn’t having it and said that the word “nationalism” was never solely relegated to Nazism, and that Cuomo doesn’t get to define nationalism.

“Yes I do,” responded Cuomo bluntly.

Cuomo challenged Cortes to name a nationalist movement that was positive.

“American nationalism,” responded Cortes.

Cortes explained that Cuomo was conflating ethno-fascism, like the Nazis practiced, with American nationalism which is pride in shared ideals. Regardless of his efforts, Cuomo did his absolute best to deny everything that Cortes was saying.

I’m not going to discount the idea that nationalism can be construed with Nazism, seeing as how the Nazis were literally called the “National Socialist Party,” however this would easily be an apples and oranges comparison. As Cortes explained, the Nazis were obsessed with racial purity while America is obsessed with shared cultures melding together. America welcomes foreign immigrants to its shores.


However, many on the left are conflating its enforcement of immigration law as Nazism while dismissing the fact that they weren’t raising this much of a ruckus when Obama was doing it. In fact, they’re doing everything their power to avoid it, including attempting to redefine terms used to draw obvious comparisons to something horrific under Nazi rule.

This is a horrible choice for a hill to die on for the left, and for a candidate that is more of a liability than she is a boon no less.


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