When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared ICE detention centers to concentration camps, she received a significant amount of backlash. Republican politicians, along with some Democrats, have been at the forefront of criticizing AOC for her comments.
However, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, pardoned by President Trump, made a similar comparison, except he didn’t compare another detention facility to a concentration camp. He compared his own detention facility to one. Later, Arpaio claimed he was only joking and, when pressed, said, “But even if it was a concentration camp, what difference does it make? I still survived. I still kept getting re-elected.”
Unlike Ocasio-Cortez, Arpaio did not receive a comparable amount of criticism. In fact, he went on to receive significant support from numerous Republican politicians after that.