Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has hit back at former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday over his criticism of her policies.
During a global warming press conference last month, the incoming lawmaker listed a number of landmark U.S. accomplishments that people used to think were impossible, including the moon landing and the civil right movement, and suggested that the Democrats’ takeover of the House in the midterms was on par with them.
“We’ve done what we thought was impossible,” she said in her speech. “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.”
Huckabee mocked Cortez as “LOONEY” for drawing the comparison.
“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,” he tweeted, linking to a Daily Mail article reporting the speech in which she made the comparison.
“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 wrote in response.
“Leave the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s much better at it,” she said about his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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.
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. https://t.co/R7q5CkMw8Y
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 3, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez is campaigning for what she terms the Green New Deal, a progressive agenda item which calls for “transitioning the United States to a carbon-free, 100-percent renewable energy system, and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035.” She has also called for “Medicare for all.”
The incoming lawmaker has been frequently targeted by conservative media figures since she won her primary over Crowley.