Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tried to tie global warming to the Civil Rights struggle led by Martin Luther King Jr. while speaking to an audience on Monday.
"I think that the part of it that is generational is that millennials, and Gen-Z, and all these folks that come after us, are looking up and we're like, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change, and your biggest issue is, your biggest issue is how are we going to pay for it?"
The audience applauded loudly at her statement.
"And like," she continued, "this is the war, this is our World War II. And I think for younger people, we're looking at this and we're like 'how how are we saying, let's take it easy when 3,000 people died last year?'"
"How are we saying let's take it easy when the nth person has just died from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system?" Ocasio-Cortez asked. "How are we saying take it easy when the America that we're living in today is so dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so that they can work a second job without health care."
"And we're told to settle down," she added, "it's a fundamental separation between that fierce urgency of now, the why we can't wait that King spoke of, that at some point these chronic realities reach a breaking point. And I think for our generation, it's reached that."
"And, I wish I didn't have to be doing every post but sometimes I just feel like people aren't being held accountable," she explained. "And until we all start pitching in and holding people accountable, I'm just gonna let them have it!"
The Socialist Democrat was being interviewed by Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Riverside Church in New York City in a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Here's the video of Ocasio-Cortez's comments:
Ocasio-Cortez also appeared to jab at the elements in her own party who were complaining about the new more progressive crop of Democratic politicians attempting to revolutionize the Democratic party.
"With the current circumstances, with the abdication of responsibility that we've seen from so many powerful people, even people who abdicate that responsibility by calling themselves liberal or a Democrat, or whatever it is, I feel a need for all of us to breathe fire," Ocasio-Cortez said.