Speaking at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City yesterday, Ocasio-Cortez said, “And I think 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,” she said.
“Your biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II,” she continued. “And I think for younger people looking at this are more like, how are we saying let’s take it easy when 3,000 Americans died last year, how are we saying let’s take it easy when the end person died from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system?”
The socialist lawmaker also took issue with an economic system in which billionaires are allowed to exist when people in Alabama “are still getting ringworm.”
“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 said.
“And I think it’s wrong that — I think that it’s wrong that a vast majority of the country does not make a living great wage,” she continued. “I think it’s wrong that you can work 100 hours and not feed your kids. I think it’s wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid, they can get paid by the Government essentially, experience a wealth transfer from the public for paying people less than a minimum wage.”