Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) denied an invitation to visit concentration camps, which was extended by a Holocaust remembrance group.
What are the details?
Johnny Daniels, founder of From the Depths — the Holocaust remembrance group in question — wrote an open letter to Ocasio-Cortez, inviting her to tour concentration camps along with a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor.
The letter read:
Dear Congresswoman Cortez We at From The Depths, would like to invite you as our guest during your summer recess from The United Congress, to join us along with Holocaust Survivor, United States Citizen and President of From The Depths, Mr. Edward Mosberg on an educational tour, specifically built for legislators, of the German Nazi Concentration Camps. The educational tour will visit Mauthausen, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek Concentration Camps, amongst many other educational sites.
We at From The Depths, have brought over 100 international parliamentarians to visit the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination camps, parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, including over 20 Representatives of the United States Congress, both Republicans and Democrats alike.
From The Depths is the only foundation dealing with Holocaust memory, memorial and education run entirely by millennials, we feel that this would be great opportunity for you to learn more about this horrendous past, and understand how it impacts lives and education until today.
Congresswoman, the comparison you made recently to the migrant detainment camps on the southern United States border to the German Nazi Concentration Camps, brought a great deal of backlash, we firmly believe that this was not your intention, this was not done out of spite or ill faith, rather a misguided comment, due to a lack of proper education on the Holocaust, a significant issue of our generation.
The opportunity you will have of visiting the German Nazi Concentration Camps along with Mr. Mosberg, a 93 year old survivor of history's most brutal genocidal regime, will enable you to become a witness of a witness, something that our generation will sadly be the last to do, as result of the fact that the survivors are passing away at an ever increasing rate.
We await your response and look forward to learning together with you about this painful history.
Ocasio-Cortez said that the invite was part of a "far-right" plot with a motive of "political gain."
In a Sunday tweet responding to Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa)'s questioning if she'd accept the invite, the freshman congresswoman said, "The last time you went on this trip it was reported that you also met w/fringe Austrian neo-Nazi groups to talk shop. So I'm going to have to decline your invite. But thank you for revealing to all how transparently the far-right manipulates these moments for political gain."
Republican leaders kicked King off congressional committees after remarks he'd made regarding white nationalism.
King told Ocasio-Cortez, ".@AOC I went to Auschwitz & Birkenau with Eddie Mausberg & Jonny Daniels with In the Depths. I went with a deep understanding of the Shoah and had a profound personal experience. Please accept their offer."