"We went to the moon".
She says that such an elite group exists - and that she and other newly elected Democrats are in it.
During a press conference hosted by the Sunshine Movement, an advocacy group that leverages youth protests to oppose global warming, the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez said her November 6 achievement ranks with the 1969 Moon landing and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. "We've done it. We've dug deep and we've done what we thought was impossible". "We [dug] deep and we did it", Ocasio-Cortez continued, before lumping her own victory in with these historic national accomplishments. "We enfranchised the country".
Ocasio-Cortez has claimed before that the her party was responsible for the moon landing.
At least 15 incoming House Democrats have endorsed an Ocasio-Cortez plan to create a new legislative committee dedicated strictly to global warming issues. "We did it when no one else thought that we could". "This is about a New Deal for the United States of America". That's what we did when so many of us won an election this year.
It is true that Ocasio-Cortez 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. "As a waitress, I had to pay more than TWICE what I'd pay as a member of Congress".
Even in her primary election against Crowley, less than 16,000 people voted for the Democratic Socialist, out of total 27,744 ballots, despite the district having hundreds of thousands of registered Democrats.
The district's U.S. Census-estimated population in 2016 was 691,715. "We've done it", Ocasio-Cortez said.