McCarthy rebukes Ocasio-Cortez for comparing threat of climate change to WWII

McCarthy rebukes Ocasio-Cortez for comparing threat of climate change to WWII

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Doug Christian/TMN/file photo- 1/19/17)

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rebuked freshman Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) for comparing the threat posed by climate change to World War II.

“No. Not at all,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told TMN at a news conference on Wednesday when asked if the two scenarios are comparable.

When asked if Ocasio-Cortez should apologize, McCarthy said: “She can use her own language, what she wants to do.”

McCarthy explained: “What we went through in World War II, the individuals who were being murdered and slaughtered just for their own faith … battling for the freedom of the world, when America rose to the occasion with many millions of others  I think does not hold a comparison.”

With regard to climate change, McCarthy said: “I think it’s important that we deal with what’s going on in our environment.” However, he added: “I do not believe it rises to the same occasion.”

At a rally on Monday in New York City in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ocasio-Cortez spoke of differences in generational attitudes toward climate change.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

“Millennials and people, you know, Gen. Z and all these folks that will 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 how are we gonna pay for it?’ ”

She went on to say that for millennials, the effort to combat climate change is “our World War II.”

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is a self-professed Democratic socialist. She shocked the national political establishment last September upon defeating 10-term incumbent congressman Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary. Since taking office this month, Ocasio-Cortez has garnered significant media attention in large part due to her outspoken nature.

Though a freshman lawmaker, Ocasio-Cortez has been assigned to two of the most powerful committees in the House of Representatives. She will sit on the Financial Services Committee and the Oversight and Reform Committee.

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