Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likens her election win to America's historic moon landing

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'We went to the moon.

She says that such an elite group exists - and that she and other newly elected Democrats are in it.

The Democratic Socialist was speaking at a "Sunrise Movement" press conference in Washington D.C. on Friday when she made the comments. We established Civil Rights. "We electrified the nation", Ocasio-Cortez continued.

"We've done what we thought was impossible", said Cortez. "We enfranchised the country".

Justice Democrats, a left-wing group that spearheaded Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives' candidacies, despite the claims of their takeover of Congress, managed to elect in total four non-incumbent Democrats in already safe blue seats. She was advocating for a "Green New Deal" to combat the effects of global warming.

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She became a household name after defeating a 10-term Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the party's primary, sending shockwaves across the Democratic Party's establishment. "We did it. When no one else thought that we could", she continued. "That's what we did when so many of us won an election this year", Ocasio-Cortez added. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and worked as a bartender less than a year before her primary victory.

Her victory in the November general election was a foregone conclusion in New York's 14th Congressional District, where 77 per cent of voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.

The district's U.S. Census-estimated population in 2016 was 691,715.

Ocasio-Cortez was recently criticized after comparing migrant caravan members who clashed with US border agents to Jewish families fleeing Nazi Germany and other targets of genocide.

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