Ocasio-Cortez Compares Her Election Victory to the Moon Landing

On the US Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman Representatives like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, rush off after the Member Elect class

On the US Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman Representatives like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, rush off after the Member Elect class

The incoming congresswoman then cited several benchmark moments in which the USA achieved what many believed was "impossible" - including establishing civil rights, landing on the moon, and her own election victory over establishment Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who she defeated in the Democrat primary in New York's 14th congressional district on a promise to abolish ICE and cancel all student debt.

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.

But do these accomplishments really rank among such iconic American accomplishments as the moon landing and the establishment of civil rights?

"We've done it. We've dug deep", she added. "We electrified the nation", Ocasio-Cortez continued.

"We did it when no one else thought we could".

A number of House Democrats said they support her pledge to reinstate a special committee on climate change after Democrats officially take control of the House in January.

3 astronauts safely aboard International Space Station
Anne McClain, the 39-year-old former military pilot and NASA astronaut, said the crew looked forward to going up. They will start from the same launchpad that Yuri Gagarin did when he became the first man in space in 1961.

It is true that Ocasio-Cortez pulled off a stunning primary upset victory this summer against 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), the heavily funded 56-year-old chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez has claimed before that the her party was responsible for the moon landing.

"Say it again for the people in the Senate", posted Cortez.

None of the candidates endorsed by the group flipped a seat from Republicans.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed the Congresswoman-elect, advising to study on the issue before making such comparisons. "Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana", Graham tweeted.

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