Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made headlines after her comments on a Friday livestream in which she likened President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall to the Berlin Wall, Fox News reports.
The 29-year-old self-proclaimed democratic socialist, who unseated a 20-year congressional veteran in former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), took to the internet on Friday, slamming the president’s wall by calling the proposed structure a “moral abomination” and comparing it to the Berlin Wall.
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Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says the wall is “a moral abomination. I think it’s like the Berlin wall”
The Berlin wall was built to stop East Germans from escaping into West Germany
The goal of the border wall is to stop illegal immigration and trafficking pic.twitter.com/MbFWitkFBi
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 18, 2019
The comparison drew much criticism online, with Canadian evolutionary behavioral scientist Dr. Gad Saad calling Ocasio-Cortez the “New Millennial Lenin”:
Dear @AOC: Let me serve as your private professor here. The Berlin Wall was meant to keep people inside the socialist/communist utopia and stop them from fleeing to the decadent capitalist west. So as the New Millennial Lenin, you might want to refrain from using this example.
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) February 19, 2019
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) February 18, 2019
AOC just compared the Wall to the Berlin Wall (which was built by socialists) pic.twitter.com/qKCqD4bdhl
— Jack Posobiec ☘️ (@JackPosobiec) February 18, 2019
The Berlin Wall, the infamous ideological barrier built by the German Democratic Republic in 1961 that separated Soviet Union-controlled East Berlin from capitalist West Berlin during the Cold War, was constructed to prevent East Berlin citizens from escaping into West Berlin.
The wall was eventually torn down, with deconstruction finishing in 1992, the year after the hammer and sickle flew for the final time.
The statue of former President Ronald Reagan — who famously demanded that Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev “tear down this wall” — that is currently housed in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol contains parts of the Berlin Wall in its pedestal.
These comments come at the end of a week in which Amazon announced it would be pulling its plans for building its second headquarters in Queens, New York, due to demands made by Ocasio-Cortez and a handful of local politicians.
On Friday, Trump signed a government spending bill to avert another potential shutdown while simultaneously declaring a state of emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, which will allow him to pull more funds to build a border wall in hopes of mitigating illegal immigration.