Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likens her election win to America's historic moon landing

Henrietta Strickland
December 4, 2018

While speaking at a press conference ostensibly concerning her radical Green New Deal proposal on Friday, the incoming congresswoman spoke of how Americans have had a history of defying expectations through hard work and perseverance.

Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confused some with her recent comments comparing her election to Congress to other American feats of greatness like landing on the moon and the Civil Rights struggle.

"We've done what we thought was impossible", she told the gathered crowd.

'We went to the moon.

"Ocasio-Cortez affirmed her position on social media, retweeting a post from a left-leaning organization that wrote "$0. We established civil rights. "We enfranchised the country". We digged deep and we did it.

Ocasio-Cortez noted the climate issues they hope to confront cut across communities and "that it is no mistake and no coincidence that when we see the disasters of climate change, you think of things like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Maria". "That's what we did when so many of us won an election this year", Ocasio-Cortez added.

"This is not just about a Green New Deal", she intoned. The forming of a special committee has support from House Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to be speaker when Democrats take control of the House next year.

And it is true that Ocasio-Cortez easily won the general election on November 6.

She shocked the Democratic establishment in June by defeating Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in a primary election plagued by anemic turnout.

But in an area of the Bronx and Queens that's home to 214,750 active registered Democratic voters, only 27,744 cast ballots in the primary.

The letter informed Ocasio-Cortez that Legionnaire's disease was running through the water of her apartment building, the New York Democrat said.

None of the candidates endorsed by the group flipped a seat from Republicans. Fewer than 16,000 voted for Ocasio-Cortez.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed the Congresswoman-elect, advising to study on the issue before making such comparisons.

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