Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing fiery backlash, again, over inane comments she made comparing the impact of climate change to the tragedy of 9/11.
The New York Democratic socialist delivered her jaw-dropping take during an MSNBC town hall Friday while discussing her Green New Deal proposal, and was met with audience applause that Fox News’ Pete Hegseth described as “the roar of the Democrat base today.”
“On the events on September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans died in the largest terror attack on US soil,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris Hayes.
“Our national response was war in one then eventually two countries: 3,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. Where is our response?” she asked.
Discussing finding the political will to combat climate change @AOC argues to @chrislhayes that 3k Americans died on 9/11 and we’ve waged war in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Three thousand Americans died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” she said. “Where’s our response?” #AOCAllIn pic.twitter.com/s3y26JU79B
— MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) March 29, 2019
“Listen to the roar, though. That is the roar of the Democrat base today,” Hegseth said on “Fox & Friends” responding to the town hall audience reaction after her comments.
The freshman congresswoman blasted Republicans and critics of her plan who point out, accurately, the impossible cost of implementing the plan which was defeated in a procedural vote in the Senate by a vote of 57-0, with no Democrat votes of approval.
“So this issue is not just about our climate. First and foremost we need to save ourselves. Period,” she said. “There will be no future for the Bronx. There will be no livable future for generations coming, for any part of this country in a way that is better than the lot that we have today if we don’t address this issue urgently and on the scale of the problem.”
But however ridiculous the plan on eliminating carbon emissions in the U.S.may be, it was the ignorant comparison of climate change to a terrorist attack which claimed the lives of thousands of innocent Americans that ignited a firestorm against Ocasio-Cortez.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino blasted the progressive lawmaker on “Fox & Friends” for comparing a “unique horror in our history” to the “ridiculous Green New Deal.”
“This is disgraceful,” Bongino said. “You owe the country an apology, and those are shameful, ridiculous comments. You, as a member of Congress, should know better.”
The social media backlash was just as brutal.
Ocasio-Cortez suggests that she did not agree with America’s decision to go to war after 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered on 9/11 pic.twitter.com/CriIdZctJa
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 30, 2019
I was 21 when 9/11 happened. I was living on a Marine Base and watched all my friends get deployed…and they were never prouder to serve their country for that cause. To see this rich, entitled b*tch complain about it…says everything I need to know about her, ever.
— Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) March 30, 2019
Moral equivalence to the extreme. One was a natural disaster; the other a premeditated act of terrorism. But in her blindness she sees it as all the same!
— Brian Hickey (@bhickey_brian) March 30, 2019
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) March 30, 2019
“Thousands of Americans died in 9/11 on the worst terror attack on US soil & agree w/the response or not, our response was war w/2 countries. 3,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. Where is our response?”—@AOC#GreenNewDealpic.twitter.com/lSwSi3E9xX
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) March 30, 2019
Can anyone explain the logic?
— जी.के.पी. (@BahutHuaSamman) March 30, 2019
Probs because they aren’t her words. Someone writes all of this for her. She is merely a mouthpiece.
— Lucie Cammack (@luciecam3) March 30, 2019
… Does she understand you can’t bring natural disasters to justice?
— Abscuremality (@Abscuremality) March 30, 2019
.so at age 11-12, @AOC wasn’t thinking about her braces, ice cream or cartoons, she was a young genius evaluating how our govt should react to 911, war or no war? LOL ?
— PredictionMan (@PredictionMan) March 30, 2019