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Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested late last week that she does not understand the difference between the Berlin Wall and President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

During an Instagram live video on Friday, the freshman congresswoman said that she thought the wall was a “moral abomination. I think it’s like the Berlin Wall.”

That Ocasio-Cortez thinks the border wall is “like the Berlin Wall” suggests she knows very little about history and concepts of border security. Former senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Matt Mayer explains why comparisons between Trump’s wall and the Berlin Wall are nonsensical and insulting for those oppressed in East Germany:

The goal of the Berlin Wall: stop East Germans from escaping to West Germany, as roughly three million did from the end of World War II until the wall was built. It divided Berlin for twenty-eight years. In many ways, the Berlin Wall served as a prison wall for East Germans. At least 139 people died at the Berlin Wall. It is hard to believe it has been gone for nearly as long as it was up.

Too often, Americans use the Berlin Wall in the debate over expanding the wall on our border with Mexico. Not only does this usage cheapen the history of the Berlin Wall, it is a terrible analogy. The goal of America’s border wall is to keep people and contraband from illegally coming in to the United States, not to prevent Americans from escaping. Unlike with the Berlin Wall, the use of force on the border is significantly restricted by law, including when engaging with violent and well-armed Mexican drug cartels.

“Let’s say you love the wall, let’s say you want it, point is, it’s wrong to hold people’s paychecks hostage for it and if you want your wall so bad, go out and convince the American people because 70% of America thinks this is the dumbest idea ever and it’s not my problem that the majority of the American public thinks it’s a scam, a sham, a monument to white supremacy,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “It’s not my fault, not my fault.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion that 70% of America thinks that a border wall is “the dumbest idea ever,” is factually false. Ocasio-Cortez is most likely referring to a January 2019 report from PEW Research that stated that 70% of Democrats say that a wall “would not have much impact on illegal immigration into the U.S.”

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During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Senior White House official Stephen Miller debunked the notion that a border wall will do little in terms of stopping drugs that come from Mexico.

“I understand that, but 80 to 90 percent of those drugs, don’t come across in unfenced areas, they come from ports of entry,” Fox News host Chris Wallace said. “Those are your own Customs and Border Patrol numbers.”

“But, Chris, the problem with the statement that you’re apprehending 80 to 90 percent of the drugs at the ports of entry, that’s like saying, you apprehend most contraband at TSA checkpoints at airports,” Miller responded. “You apprehend the contraband there because that’s where you have the people. That’s where you have the screeners.”

“I assure you, if we had people at that same density and screeners at that same density across every single inch and mile of the southern border, you’d have more drugs interdicted in those areas,” Miller continued. “You don’t know what you don’t know and you don’t catch what you don’t catch. But as a matter of national security, you cannot have uncontrolled, unsecured areas of the border where people can pour in undetected.”

Partial transcript of Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram live video:

But this wall man, I can’t fund it. I cannot, I cannot, vote for a wall. I can’t, I can’t do it. I can’t do it. And especially for my community back at home it’s, it’s 50% immigrant and most of us if we’re not immigrant we’re first-generation. And, and, you know it’s not to slight those that that voted YES on the wall because it’s actually, sorry — it’s not they were not voting for the wall, let me make that very clear, they were not voting for the wall — but what’s happening is that the Republicans are creating a hostage situation where they’re holding everyone’s paychecks unless they get more money for, for, a wall.

These two things should not be tied at all, like no matter how you feel about the wall, you know I think it’s a moral abomination. I think it’s like the Berlin wall. I think it’s like any other wall that is designed to separate human beings and block out people who are running away from humanitarian disaster. It’s like one of the I just think it’s wrong. But you know what? Let’s say you love the wall, let’s say you want it, point is, it’s wrong to hold people’s paychecks hostage for it and if you want your wall so bad, go out and convince the American people because 70% of America thinks this is the dumbest idea ever and it’s not my problem that the majority of the American public thinks it’s a scam, a sham, a monument to white supremacy. It’s not my fault, not my fault. So, if you want a wall, go out and campaign on it, go out try to convince your neighbors of it.

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. abolishliberals

    February 18, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Well she’s kind of correct, if the USA becomes Socialist and the dems hold all the power, they;; need the Wall to keep Americans from escaping into “Free Mexico”!

    • madge

      February 19, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      bite your tongue! Never should we go into Socialism if people keep their brain focused on what FREEDOM is and the meaning of being free……..Yes,Socialism may sound appealing BUT once it has its tentacle around you there is NO escape. FREEDOM is precious it’s like a fine jewel. Blood was shed for our freedom, don’t let it go just because FREE sounds better……Remember nothing is free, there is a price attached to everything. The price for our liberty and freedom was the lives lost, bodies maimed, blood poured upon the earth. It is up to us to keep the free in our freedom. The only ones who benefit from Socialism are the leaders, everyone else is left on their own to survive. Teach history to our children if they are not learning it in school. It is up to us to continue to focus on the past and how we journeyed to this point. History must not be forgotten. We don’t live in the past;we learn from it.

  2. Alison

    February 18, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    She give she me a good laugh, almost daily. And Mama Nancy and Daddy Chuck must be rolling their eyes, almost daily.

    • Ginny

      February 18, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      AOC is a George Soro’s cult Bitch! 10 to 1 George Soro’s money bankrolled her into Congress. She would not be getting this much attention if she weren’t a George Soro’s bitch. His money has corrupted the world.
      Another paid whore like Hillary.

      • ROBIN HOOD

        February 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm

        THESE Socialists COMMUNISTS are desperate to bring the Destruction to America that they paid these IGNORANTS UNEDUCATED mindless illiterate people to talk in their favor.
        SOROS YOU NEED TO GET A TICKET TO MARS MAYBE THEY WILL IMPLANT A NEW BRAIN IN YOUR HOLE.
        AMERICA NEVER WILL BE SOCIALIST!
        GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP!
        BUILD THAT WALL! USA USA USA USA USA.

      • Robin West

        February 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm

        Absolutely

  3. WEF

    February 18, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Soro’s may have backed the wrong horse on this one, but at least she is indicating how f’ing stupid New York voters are.

    • Robin

      February 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      She’s DUMB as DIRT !

  4. ON THE ROCK

    February 18, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    SHE OPENS HER MOUTH AND “STUPID” COMES POURING OUT. NO NOWN CURE. I THINK THE AMAZON DEAL BREAK HAS SEALED HER FATE—A TWO YEAR TERM ONLY.

  5. Mary Johnson

    February 18, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Well let us explain the berlin wall was to separate berlin into two part but the same country. The border wall is to keep out the illegals and terrorist from this country and to protect our people.

    • Zofia

      February 19, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      It looks like everybody else is missing this important distinction: Berlin wall was a wall within the same country, yes politically divided but still the same nation. It could be a valid comparisson if similar wall existed in, for example, Washington D.C.

  6. Ayo

    February 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Ocasio-Cortez is a loud mouth BIMBO.

    • Robin

      February 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Absolutely!

  7. Shari Early

    February 18, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    There’s funny stupidity and then there’s her stupidity that gives me a headache and this is headache inducing.

  8. Bill Urdanick

    February 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Pelosi is fortunate to have her on the team.

    • Cathy

      February 18, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Yes exactly it’s gotten to the point now to where if I even see their faces I just about lose it.

  9. Richard Price

    February 18, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    A true idiot. They should make candidates take tests before they run for office. She certainly would pass. 2 years and back to being a loud mouth NY waitress!

  10. Michael A Heath Sr.

    February 18, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Just ask this stupid little bitch to leave and find a good Bartending position! She might be good at that, but as a Congressman, NOT!!!

  11. Michael

    February 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    What really amazed me is how in the hell she gets into WH if she has no idea the difference between border walls and border wall in Berlin, wow she has no business being a congresswoman.

    • Ginget

      February 18, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      She was placed in Congress by voter fraud!!
      Soro’s groups are taking control of America, and he has so much money he is cheating or buying public offices.
      It’s total Hitler like Control.
      The Democrats have so much power now, they are breaking laws, walking right over us and nothing happens to them.
      We are fuk’d !!!! We have no where to run to, so we can escape their control. When they take our money & guns, we have nothing left!!

  12. Clyde

    February 18, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    It’s not my fault, it’s not my fault, it’s not my fault, that Ocasio-Cortez is like a dumb ass, yeah a dumb ass from the ass donkey ass party, and like, she can’t help it, like she can’t help it man!

    Now back to reality. This spoiled brat cannot even speak logicallly and properly, and yet, she is in our House of Representatives??? OMG Bless us please with a red wave in the next election, pretty please Lord! She is the biggest moral abomination and embarrassment to American government. The world is looking at the USA, and realizing that this country is ripe for the pickin with pickled brains like Ocasio-Cortez sitting in our congress getting immense publicity for being an living symbol of the ignorant ass party she represents. It is unbelievable that the greatest nation in the world has been degraded to this!

  13. Boyd

    February 19, 2019 at 5:56 am

    To be more exact, the Berlin wall is more like building a wall across the United States up the center, like along the Mississippi River, dividing the East coast from the Plains and West Coast, and shooting anyone who crosses over.
    As much as we try to explain, it is to stop I.L.L.E.G.A.L. Immigration. Just what part of “illegal” do they not understand? It is NOT Immigration we are stopping! It is ILLEGAL CROSSING. Oh bother. Never mind. They are not as smart as a fifth grader. Seriously!

  14. DDearborn

    February 19, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Hmmm

    The fundamental difference between the “Berlin Wall” and the “Mexican Wall” can be defined by 5 letters: The Berlin Wall was to keep German citizens who had a legal right to leave “IN”. This stands in stark contrast to the Mexican Wall which is needed to keep non US citizens “OUT”.

    Obviously, these illegal aliens crossing the essentially unguarded US/Mexican boarder have no legal right what so ever to come in without the express permission of the US government and must be stopped because the shear numbers alone represent a direct threat to US National Security.

  15. Elinor Ann DeMendonca

    February 20, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    AOC is to dumb to speak. In the old days people said someone was deaf and dumb. A sad way to say deaf and cannot speak. AOC is not deaf and can speak – an does speak, too loud and too often. She also knows nothing of which she speaks. She is by far the least “bright” most outspoken Representative of Congress we have ever had. Too dumb to represent the people. The SS were very organized and I think Soros is using people like AOC to be a pawn in his SS type takeover of the USA. If you listen to the docent at one of the Holocaust Museums you will see that Hitler had great CEO’s in charge of everything. I think Soros is following the Administrative Set Up of the SS.

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