Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., made a series of highly controversial comments on Monday night.
During an event in New York City honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., Ocasio-Cortez suggested reparations for minorities, claimed climate change is comparable to the atrocities of World War II, and appeared to imply that it is “immoral” for billionaires to exist.
“Until America tells the truth about itself, we’re not going to heal,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“When we tell the stories of the mistakes we have made in the past, economically speaking, when we talk about the issue of reparations, people think, you know, people think,” she continued.
She added: “Yeah, the first thing that we need to do is realize that there’s a balance more universal struggle for racial, social and economic dignity but at the same time not erasing the individual stories of different communities. So you and I are in the same struggle, it is not mean that, it doesn’t give me a pass to not talk or acknowledge the black experience. And it does not give you a pass to not acknowledge or talk about, the plight of Puerto Ricans and people overall.”
And here's @AOC arguing for racial reparations over … the New Deal?
"Until America tells the truth about itself, we're not going to heal." pic.twitter.com/TnIDl5RLCl
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2019
To make her incredibly bizarre point, Ocasio-Cortez went on to say that Germany gave out “reparations” years ago as a way to “heal” communities following the atrocities carried out by Hitler and the Nazis.
Later on, the New York lawmaker argued that it was “immoral” that America’s economic system “allows billionaires to exist.”
“I think it is important to say that — I don’t think that necessarily means that all billionaires are immoral. It is not to say that someone like Bill Gates, for example, or Warren Buffett are immoral people. I do not believe that,” she began.
“Like, he kicks his dog, stuff like that,” host Ta-Nehisi Coates responded.
“Yeah, I don’t — I’m not saying that, but I do think a system that allows billionaires to exist when there are parts of Alabama where people are still getting ringworm because they don’t have access to public health is wrong,” she added.
She then claimed that the world is going to end soon if we don’t address climate change, which she argued is “our World War II.”
“I think that the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna 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? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
AOC on millennials and climate change: “Like, this is our World War II.” pic.twitter.com/f8Pu1v8gDf
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) January 22, 2019
It’s quite remarkable to see a member of Congress suggest reparations for minorities, question billionaires having the right to “exist,” and argued that climate change poses a similar threat to World War II, where over 60 million people died.