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Ocasio-Cortez Likens Her Election Victory to Moon Landing and Establishing Civil Rights

Incoming congresswoman said of herself and other Dems, 'We did it when no one else thought we could'

Newly elected lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) apparently thinks that her Election Day victory in early November of this year belongs in the same category of accomplishments as the U.S.’s moon landing and the establishment of civil rights in this country.

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.

And it is true that Ocasio-Cortez easily won the general election on November 6.

At age 29, she will be the youngest congresswoman in U.S. history. Her victory was also part of the Democratic takeover of the House, although Republicans expanded their Senate majority.

The New York-based Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, in fact, announced last week that it would be displaying the shoes Ocasio-Cortez wore down while campaigning against Crowley.

But do these accomplishments really rank among such iconic American accomplishments as the moon landing and the establishment of civil rights? Ocasio-Cortez thinks so.

While speaking at a press conference ostensibly concerning her radical Green New Deal proposal on Friday, the incoming congresswoman spoke of how Americans have had a history of defying expectations through hard work and perseverance.

“This is not just about a Green New Deal. This is about a new deal for the United States of America.

Because in every moment when our country has reached the depths of darkness, in every moment when we were at the brink, at the cusp of an abyss, and we did not know if we would be capable of saving ourselves, we have. We’ve done it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.