Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined Fox News’ “The Story” this evening to talk about Democrats’ refusal to condemn Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ridiculous comparison between the current border crisis and concentration camps. See below to watch the full interview:
ED HENRY: Congresswoman, thanks for joining us.
REP. CHENEY: Thank you for having me Ed, I appreciate it.
HENRY: She says you need to do your homework.
REP. CHENEY: You know, Ed, it’s interesting, we’ve had a long history—if you go back, people who really are left-wing zealots, they’re ignoring history and ignoring facts to pursue their causes, to try to convince people of the rightness of their causes. So it’s not new that we would have this going on. What is new is that we have it going on from a member of Congress, who seems to have become the intellectual leader of the Democrats here in the House. Again and again and again we see this total disregard for the facts, and it’s a total disregard for the facts in particular about the Holocaust. But you also see the extent to which her colleagues and the people who are supposed to be leading the Democrats in the House, like Speaker Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, won’t stand up and criticize what she’s saying and condemn those comments and those statements.
HENRY: Earlier today, she tried to clarify that she was saying there’s a difference between concentration camps and death camps somehow, and Chris Hayes from MSNBC defended her. And I noticed the Auschwitz Museum was on Twitter saying hang on a second, you both need a history lesson here because of all the Jews that were exterminated during the Holocaust. What do you say about how she’s been trying to backpedal a bit today?
REP. CHENEY: I mean, Ed, at some point you just sort of run out of ways to describe how ignorant this is. We are in a situation where first of all, we really do actually have a crisis at the border, and if Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues are so concerned about humanitarian conditions at the border they should have voted—15 times they’ve had the chance to vote for a bill that Congressman Mike Rogers has put on the floor to provide $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid for those people at the border. Secondly, we should never be in a situation where somebody is bringing up the Holocaust in this public discourse, particularly diminishing what happened, particularly demeaning the state of Israel, demeaning the memory of the people who are lost and we really ought to understand and come to an agreement that we aren’t going to do that. And any in depth understanding of history and, frankly, it doesn’t have to be an in-depth understanding of history, it can be a surface level understanding of history, would demonstrate how wrong her comments were. I’m waiting for her fellow freshmen, I’m waiting for the leaders of her party to stand up and say they disagree because certainly they ought to disagree. It was really a shameful set of remarks.
HENRY: They didn’t stand up to her colleague Ilhan Omar when they had that resolution that did not even name her after those anti-Semitic comment. Let’s shift gears and talk about the crisis on the border that you mentioned, the President announcing in the last 24 hours that next week there are going to be some major ICE raids and that he’s going to try to kick many, many of thousands of people here illegally out of the country. Is it a smart idea though to telegraph that when the Oakland mayor, as you remember, months and months ago telegraphed a raid in her city and Republicans were pretty upset about it?
REP. CHENEY: Look, I think what the President has done time-and-time again is demonstrate how committed he is to securing our border. The Democrats say they don’t believe an open borders, but then you’ve got comments like those today from Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez suggesting that she’s got a problem with anyone who is being detained. I’m not quite sure how you control your border if you don’t have a situation where you are detaining people who try to cross illegally prior to their court appearances, which is exactly what we’re doing. We have to secure the border, we have a crisis. We’ve got people coming across in numbers we have never seen before and if a nation can’t secure the borders and know who’s coming here and where they’re going, then we can’t keep our people safe. We welcome immigration, legal immigration is hugely important, but what’s happening now at our border is a humanitarian and security crisis. The Democrats should stop playing politics and they ought to come to the table and actually put the resources behind what they say we need to do.
HENRY: It’s an issue that in part propelled the President to victory back in 2016. We’re looking live at the rally that’s going to happen in a few moments in Orlando, you can expect he’ll be talking about cracking down on illegal immigration there as well. Congresswoman Liz Cheney, we really appreciate you coming in live tonight.
REP. CHENEY: Thanks Ed, great to be with you.