Ocasio-Cortez described migrant detention facilities at the southern U.S. border as "concentration camps" during an Instagram live stream June 17.
But Ocasio-Cortez continued to defend her use of the term, writing Wednesday: "These camps...fit squarely in an academic consensus and definition."
The term "concentration camp" predates World War II by decades, and has been used to describe numerous detainment facilities.
Anika Walke, an associate professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis told Newsweek she understood the sensitivity surrounding the term "concentration camp.".
Auschwitz, for example, is more correctly described as a "death camp" than a concentration camp, Lachmann said—a distinction Ocasio-Cortez made on social media.
And for the shrieking Republicans who donât know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps.
"In the popular imagination, the expression... evokes images of Dachau and Buchenwald [concentration camps], if not Auschwitz," he told Newsweek. »