Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Christians United For Israel Summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday where he fired back at Democratic lawmakers for using the Holocaust as a tool to advance their political agenda.
Specifically, without naming names, Pence was referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who has received massive backlash after she claimed that immigrant detention facilities were comparable to Nazi concentration camps.
“We must never allow the memory of those lost in the Holocaust to be forgotten by freedom-loving people around the world. We must teach our children and our children’s children the truth of what happened. We must preserve the memory of those lost for future generations,” Vice President Mike Pence said.
“In that same spirit, we must never allow the memory of those lost in the Holocaust to be cheapened as a cliché to advance some left-wing political narrative. But sadly, in recent weeks, that’s exactly what some Democrats have done in the national debate. Last month, a leading Democrat in Congress actually compared our U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilities to concentration camps,” he continued as the crowd groaned in disgust. “And her allies in Congress, the left, and the media shamefully came to her defense.”
“As recently as yesterday morning, one of [Ocasio-Cortez’s] allies in Congress was asked if they agree with comparing the noble and compassionate work done by U.S. Customs and Border personnel at detention facilities to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, and she answered, ‘absolutely,’” Pence said, referring to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who defended Ocasio-Cortez’s comments while appearing on ABC’s “This Week.”
“To compare the humane work of the dedicated men and women of Customs and Border Protection with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage, Pence expressed as the audience applauded him. “The Nazis took lives. American law enforcement saves lives every day. Make no make about it, this slander of law enforcement was an insult to the 6 million killed in the Holocaust and it should be condemned by every American of every political party everywhere.” [Empasized] (Continued Below)
“I promise you, President Donald Trump and I will always honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and we will always honor the service of the brave men and women of law enforcement all across this country,” Pence declared.
Pence reminded the crowd of his trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau in February, where he toured the memorial site and paid respects on behalf of the United States. The tour included viewings of crematoriums and a freight train that was used to displace the majority of the 1.3 million Jews held in Auschwitz, as well as an exhibition displaying inmates’ suitcases, shoes, and locks of their hair, as per the Daily Caller.
“As we gazed down at the remains of those gas chambers, as we walked past the personal effects — the piles of little shoes that were gathered there. It merely reinforced our resolve that our answer to that unspeakable tragedy for this and every generation must be: Never again. Never again. Never again,” he said. (Video Below)
Vice President Mike Pence slams Holocaust trivializer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY): “To compare the humane work of dedicated men and women of CBP with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage. The Nazis took lives. American law enforcement saves lives every day.” pic.twitter.com/lz70SvBkub
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