WOW, what a week.
AOC compared correctly the migrant detention centers on the border to concentration camps earlier this week, and sure enough, her detractors come out and made complete fools of themselves, either through ignorance or outright fear in defense of a horrific inhumane policy. From the looks of it AOC carefully planned this, this was no off the cuff remarks on Instagram. She was therefor ready for her detractors on Twitter, immediately brought out scholarly articles on Twitter, completely eviscerated Liz Cheney, and retweeted her defenders (especially Jewish historians, descendants of Holocaust survivors, and George Takei). Instead of "apologizing", she has doubled down in the coming days, owning more detractors including Chuck Todd (well he came pre-owned by a supporter who pointed out the flaws of his logic). A horrifying article later boosts her case, and now she has been able to establish her position for the long term. This will be a long term battle and it will be a slugfest.
Detractors have made several mistakes. One way to be an instant moron is comparing her remarks directly with the death camps of Nazi Germany and then saying she needs to learn history. This ignorance comes from GOP trying to use the Holocaust as a political football, or pro-Israel Zionists who think terms such as "Never Again" is for Jews alone (AOC has gotten a lot of support from Jews). The fact is concentration camps have existed before and after WWII and the US actually has a history of using them. The Holocaust is the end result, not the starting point, of the process of the creation and use of concentration camps. Next is the idiocy of this notion that using the term alienates people and doesn't solve the problem. Wrong.
AOC so far has been a political genius. The strategy she uses is very risky, but effective. She uses pressure in a way that makes the opposition's position untenable. She did it with the Green New Deal, she did it several times on issues during committee hearings, and she is doing it here. If she can define the GOP's position as enabling human rights abuses including the death of children, they can be pressured to close these camps or make the GOP and Trump pay a huge political price. Her detractors once again, stupidly underestimate her political skill and forget the fact that she is a human rights advocate and activist. The GOP and centrist Dems have never faced a progressive that can effectively sucker punch them and outwit them. And if she does it here, lives will be saved.