Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Democratic Socialist from New York, said at a town hall on Friday that to eradicate climate change and its effects, all that would need to be done is to follow the same blueprint it took to vanquish the evils of Nazi Germany.
She said that, did she?
Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic primary in New York state’s 14th Congressional District in June, was speaking to supporters at a town hall in College Point in Queens, New York, on Friday when she made the remarks.
During her speech, Ocasio-Cortez said that the utilization of American industry and helping hands from around the world could defeat climate change.
"So, when we talk about existential threats — the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II," she said, pointing to Nazi Germany, "and so we've been here before, and we have a blueprint of doing this before."
She noted that her ideas to combat climate change are not new concepts.
"What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war," Ocasio-Cortez explained. "We had a direct existential threat with another nation; this time it was Nazi Germany, and the Axis [powers], who explicitly made the United States an enemy, as an enemy."
Her suggestion? Follow the Nazi-vanquishing "blueprint."
"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 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."
Ocasio-Cortez warned that the concept might be very daunting to some — specifically "really radical" — but noted that "the fact of the matter is that we are dealing with a radical truth, and a radical reality.
"The more we choose to ignore it, the worse we are doing by our children and grandchildren, and frankly by ourselves," she added.
Ocasio-Cortez seems to have a penchant for comparing mass tragedies to campaign issues.
Earlier in October, Ocasio-Cortez issued a statement on Twitter that supported abolishing the U.S. Electoral College, and compared it to "a shadow" of the power of slavery.
She wrote, "It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic."
In July, Ocasio-Cortez likened electing Democrats to ending slavery while she stumped for Kansas Democratic congressional candidate James Thompson with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
In extensive and convoluted remarks, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I learned that Kansas was founded in a struggle over the conscience of this nation. It was when we were deciding who we wanted to be as a country. It was when we were deciding who we wanted to be with the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The people who were … leading this nation said, ‘You decide’ to the people. ‘You decide: Are we going to be a slave state or are we going to be a free state?’ And it was in 1861 that the people of Kansas decided that we were going to be a free nation.
“Back then, the people of Kansas were the tipping point for the future of this nation, and today, they are again,” She added. “… But what this moment requires of us, just as it was in 1861, what this moment requires of us is for everyday people to do more than they have ever done before to reclaim the soul of this nation.”
You can read more about the background and impacts of The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which was introduced by former Sen. Stephen Douglas (D-Ill.), here, and watch a portion of Ocasio-Cortez's remarks Friday about Nazi Germany in the video below.
(H/T: The Daily Wire)