Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t understand difference between Berlin Wall, border wall

Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t understand difference between Berlin Wall, border wall
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Don’t know much about history.]

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:

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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.

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