New York’s Democratic socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said during a campaign event on Friday that the United States’ “blueprint” for fighting global warming needs to be the same as the blueprint the U.S. used for defeating Nazi Germany in the 1940s.
“So we talk about existential threats. The last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And so we’ve been here before, and we have a blueprint of doing this before,” as The Daily Wire reported.
She continued, “None of these things are new ideas. What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war. We had a direct existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany, and Axis, who explicitly made the United States as an enemy, as an enemy.”
One can only imagine how a World War II veteran — one who gave everything to defeat the worldwide spread of evil — feels about these silly yet insulting remarks.
“And what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy and we put hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country,” she also said. “We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100 percent renewable energy, and that’s just the truth of it.”
To compare fighting the Nazis with combating climate change willfully ignores the extreme sacrifices Americans made in World War II — 416,800 military members were lost, and that numbers rises to 418,500 when civilian U.S. deaths are added, according to the National World War II Museum.
Ocasio-Cortez further added, ”It may seem like really big, it may seem really ambitious, it may seem really ‘radical’ as us [inaudible] like to say. But the fact of the matter is we are dealing with a radical truth and a radical reality, and the more we choose to ignore it, the worse we are doing by our children, and our grandchildren, and frankly ourselves.”
The young socialist did not talk about the fact that one year after pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, the United States is leading the world in reducing CO2 emissions, as The Daily Wire noted. Many other nations, however, are breaking their promises to reduce emissions.
Former President Barack Obama recently included Ocasio-Cortez in a round of endorsements ahead of the 2018 midterm elections via Twitter, along with other candidates seeking to be part of a so-called blue wave in November.
See Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks in the video below.