Democrat socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says her election victory is as historically important as the moon landing.
During a recent global warming press conference, the 29-year-old said her Nov. 6 achievement ranks with the 1969 Moon landing and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
“We’ve done what we thought was impossible,” she told a small crowd.
“We went to the moon. We electrified the nation. We established civil rights. We enfranchised the country. We dig deep, and we did it. We did it when no one else thought that we could. That’s what we did when so many of us won an election this year.”
Dailymail.co.uk reports: Ocasio-Cortez has claimed before that the her party was responsible for the moon landing.
‘We are the party of King, of Roosevelt, of the ones who went to the moon,’ she told the liberal Netroots Nation conference in August.
While Democratic President John F. Kennedy advocated strongly for a moon-targeted space program, Republican President Richard Nixon was in office when NASA succeeded.
Ocasio-Cortez and other young environmentalists are pressing for what they call a ‘Green New Deal,’ including what she demanded in her campaign platform: ‘transitioning the United States to a carbon-free, 100-percent renewable energy system, and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035.’
She is also calling on members of Congress to refuse political contributions from companies that mine, pump, refine or sell fossil fuels.
At least 15 incoming House Democrats have endorsed an Ocasio-Cortez plan to create a new legislative committee dedicated strictly to global warming issues.
She shocked the Democratic establishment in June by defeating Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in a primary election plagued by anemic turnout.
Her victory in the November general election was a foregone conclusion in New York’s 14th Congressional District, where 77 per cent of voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.
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 district’s U.S. Census-estimated population in 2016 was 691,715. Fewer than 16,000 voted for Ocasio-Cortez.