Comedian and former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell stopped by Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Monday night, where she insisted that there are more than 100,000 concentration camps spread out across the United States.
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O’Donnell, a former leftist voice on “The View,” said that illegal immigration detention centers in the U.S. are out of control, and went as far as to refer to them as “concentration camps.”
O’Donnell isn’t the first one to make such a comparison: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) previously referred to ICE detention centers as “concentration camps,” and received heavy criticism from both sides of the aisle in response.
“Rosie,” Cohen said toward the end of the show, “you’re going to be doing a vigil called Lights for Liberty, July 12, demanding an end to the detention camps.”
O’Donnell answered in the affirmative and went on a wild spree of opinions.
“Yeah, the concentration camps, even though there’s lots of controversy about the word,” she said. “But actually, legitimate scholars who study genocide say, yes, these are, in fact, the criteria for concentration camps, they meet them. There are over 100,000 camps in nearly every state. There’s between 10,000 and 13,000 children, that could fill Radio City Music Hall twice. That’s how many children unaccompanied alone in these camps.”
O’Donnell didn’t reveal the source of her information, but according to NewsBusters, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., took issue with the comedian’s claims.
A statement from the org read, “The United States Holocaust Memorial museum unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary.”
For her part, O’Donnell said that she would not consider working on a political show.
“Would you ever do a political talk show?” Cohen asked.
“No,” O’Donnell responded. “I think I would get too angry … You know, I’d want to yell at everybody going, ‘Do you see what’s going on?!'”