In front of hundreds of in-person and thousands of online viewers, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likened the government's ongoing fight for climate change as great as the struggle for civil rights or putting a man on the moon.
The statement was made during a Monday night panel titled "Climate Change Town Hall," organized by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
"This is going to be the Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation. That is the scale of the ambition that this movement is going to require," Ocasio-Cortez, 29, said about climate change.
Her statement was followed with roaring applause.
According to The Hill, the New York Democrat questioned President Trump's laissez-faire stagnation in combating global warming, urging the incoming 116th Congress to be more assertive with its agenda.
"It's unsurprising that the response to any bold proposal that we have is to incite fear," she said in her criticism of the Trump administration. "To incite fear of loss, to incite fear of others. To incite fear of our future. But the only way we are going to get out of this situation is to be courageous."
Yahoo News writes that the Bronx native also equated the "Green New Deal," a new initiative driven by liberals to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1930s economic New Deal when America was knee-deep in the Great Depression, and the world was heading toward war.
"No one would have thought that a nation so poor, so scarce and in such dire straits as we were in that time could pursue such a bold economy agenda, but we chose to anyway. We had the courage to do it anyway," Ocasio-Cortez added.
While her hands-on approach is respectable, many are calling out the soon-to-be freshman representative on the dramatic comparison, saying the two issues do not measure up in the slightest. As one person pointed out, Black people are, in fact, still fighting for their civil rights.
"Environmental justice & community sustainability have always been a pillar of civil rights," one user reminded Ocasio-Cortez, using the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as an example.
@Ocasio2018 Great sentiment, but we're definitely in the second "act" of the actual Civil Rights movement. And in case anyone missed it, environmental justice & community sustainability have always been a pillar of civil rights. (i.e. Flint). https://t.co/Ik9ejAvazW— Daniel Leal (@TheDanielLeal) December 4, 2018
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