Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down on Moon Landing Comparison, Feuds with Mike Huckabee

Democrat socialist mocked the governor, even accused Sarah Sanders of lying

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Newly elected lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) doubled down on her decision to compare her Election Day victory to the historic U.S. moon landing in 1969 — and even retaliated against former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who mocked her analogy on Sunday evening.

Ocasio-Cortez (pictured above left) 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.

She easily won the general election on November 6, and at age 29 will be the youngest congresswoman in U.S. history.

While speaking at a press conference about her radical Green New Deal proposal on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez spoke of how Americans have had a history of defying expectations through hard work and perseverance.

“This is not just about a Green New Deal. This is about a new deal for the United States of America. Because in every moment when our country has reached the depths of darkness, in every moment when we were at the brink, at the cusp of an abyss, and we did not know if we would be capable of saving ourselves, we have. We’ve done it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“We’ve dug deep and we’ve done what we thought was impossible. We went to the moon, we electrified the nation, we established civil rights, we enfranchised the country. We [dug] deep and we did it,” she continued — before lumping her own victory in with these historic national accomplishments.

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“We did it when no one else thought we could. That’s what we did when so many of us won an election this year,” Ocasio-Cortez proclaimed.

That analogy was met with some mockery on social media — and Huckabee (above right) jumped on the bandwagon Sunday.

“Ocasio-Cortez compares her election to moon landing. Huh? Big difference. Moon landing was LUNAR, not LOONEY; Moon landing done by ppl who knew what they were doing … those who elected someone who thought there were 3 branches of Congress did NOT,” Huckabee tweeted with an article from the Daily Mail.

He was referring to her “branches of Congress” gaffe during a conference call in November — which received wide condemnation.

“If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress — uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House,” Ocasio-Cortez said — forgetting that the three branches of government are actually the executive, legislative and judiciary branches.

Related: Ocasio-Cortez Likens Her Election Victory to Moon Landing and Establishing Civil Rights

But it didn’t take long for Ocasio-Cortez to reply to Huckabee on Twitter, to mock him for going by “governor” because he hasn’t served in that capacity since 2007 — even though it’s customary for ex-government officials to go by their highest title post-service — and to bring his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, into the discussion.

“A Green New Deal will take a level of ambition + innovation on the scale of the moon landing. We’ve been done it before, and can do it again,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “Leave the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s much better at it. Also, you haven’t been a Governor of any state for 10+ years now.”

“Since there’s no edit button, choose your tweet: ‘We’ve been here before’ (place) ‘We’ve done it before’ (act) ‘We’ve been done it before’ (BX colloquial),” she added — then recounted how many high-profile GOP politicians have criticized her since her launch to liberal stardom this summer.

“Now: GOP VP candidate (fmr) — Sitting GOP US Senator — GOP Governor (fmr) — US Senator that killed the Public Option — Entire Conservative Cable News Channel + YouTube universe Have ALL gone after me, just to get lit up,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

“I’m not even sworn in yet. Don’t y’all have jobs to do?”

Check out Ocasio-Cortez’s original moon landing analogy in the video below:

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