Democratic Socialist rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, calling his daughter Sarah Sanders a liar. This comes after Huckabee trolled Ocasio-Cortez as “looney” for comparing her election to the moon landing.
Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee on Sunday mocked New York Representative Ocasio-Cortez for a speech in which she compared her victory and that of other progressives mid-term to landmark moments in U.S. history, including the moon landing and the civil rights movement.
“Ocasio-Cortez compares her election to moon landing. Huh? Big difference. Moon landing was LUNAR, not LOONEY; Moon landing done by ppl who knew what they were doing…those who elected someone who thought there were 3 branches of Congress did NOT,” he tweeted, linking to a Daily Mail article reporting the speech in which she drew the comparison.
Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on the comparison, however, this time with reference to her Green New Deal.
“A Green New Deal will take a level of ambition + innovation on the scale of the moon landing. We’ve been done it before, and can do it again,” she wrote.
She also aimed a barb at Huckabee’s daughter, White House Press Secretary Huckabee Sanders—and questioned why he still uses the title ‘Governor’ on his Twitter profile.
“Leave the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s much better at it.”
“Also, you haven’t been a Governor of any state for 10+ years now.”
The Mail reported that Ocasio Cortez made the speech at a press conference hosted by the Sunshine Movement, an anti-global warming advocacy group.
“We’ve done what we thought was impossible,’ she said.
“We went to the moon. We electrified the nation. We established civil rights. We enfranchised the country. We dig deep, and we did it. We did it when no one else thought that we could. That’s what we did when so many of us won an election this year.”
Ocasio-Cortez is campaigning for what she terms a Green New Deal, which would involve “transitioning the United States to a carbon-free, 100-percent renewable energy system, and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035.”
It is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez—who won New York’s 14th congressional district in a shock victory over incumbent Joe Crowley—has clashed with a senior Republican.
After comparing migrants who were attacked with tear gas by U.S. border agents to refugees fleeing Nazi genocide, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham recommended she “take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in DC. Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana.”
In response, she wrote: “I heard your “joke” about ethnic DNA preferences last month,” referring to a Fox News interview in which Graham said he wouldn’t like to find out he had Iranian ancestry.
“Perhaps you would enjoy a visit (or revisit) to the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture.”
She added: “It’s a great educational experience.”