Far from being normalized by her time on Capitol Hill, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to have only grown more radical as she warms to her newfound fame. In remarks this weekend at a “Climate Crisis” summit in Iowa, the New York socialist said that climate change could only be tackled with a holistic approach that includes battling Wall Street, Donald Trump, the pharmaceutical industry, and even white supremacy.
“The reason we are in this crisis is because oil and gas has been one of the most profitable industries of the modern era and when we talk about fighting money in politics what we’re talking about is fighting big oil,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We’re talking about fighting Wall Street. We’re talking about fighting big pharma. Trump is a symptom, he is a symptom of much deeper problems.”
Psst: She means capitalism.
How will get “get through this moment,” Alexandria?
“Here’s the thing, is that we can beat him but we have to vaccinate ourselves against something like this ever happening again,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And the way we inoculate ourselves – the way we inoculate ourselves from late-stage hyper capitalistic concentration of wealth among the very, very few – is with a labor movement.”
Ocasio-Cortez then said that we should rely on the “wisdom” of our Native American predecessors in order to save the planet from climate death.
“The way we inoculate ourselves from continuing to burn up our planet at unsustainable level triggering feedback loops that we have not even begun to comprehend is by honoring indigenous wisdom and allowing it to guide our climate policy,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “The way that we preserve our systems is by transitioning to principles of universality, that means I want you clothed, I want you educated, I want you paid a living wage — no ifs, ands, or buts. And what that also means at what Naomi talked about as well is directly, consciously, combating white supremacy in the United States of America.”
Then, in the background, “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas began playing over the loudspeaker.
Okay, that (probably) didn’t happen – if only because it might have accidentally summoned Elizabeth Warren – but it might as well have. This woman is so far out of her depth that it’s literally frightening to realize that she has even a small amount of power in Washington. Her ignorance is only matched by her arrogance and her desire for a socialist nation is only matched by her passion for internet memes.
She’s the perfect combination of kookery, dumbassery, and disdain for everything that made this nation great – it’s only natural that she would become a hero to this young, lost, social-media-obsessed generation.