U.S. Ambassador To Germany Richard Grenell slammed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday after she compared Nazi Germany to global warming in a recent speech.
Grenell's comments on Fox News' "FOX & Friends" came after Ocasio-Cortez said at a campaign event on Friday that the blueprint the United States used to defeat Nazi Germany is the same blueprint that needs to be used to defeat global warming.
"It's never okay, it's never acceptable to minimize the Holocaust and the murder of six million Jews," Grenell said. "Just note to anyone who is speaking publicly — never compare it to anything because nothing can be as horrific as 11 million people, six million Jews murdered."
Grenell has a strong record of fighting against Nazism as he played a key role in the Trump administration’s deportation of "95-year-old Jakiw Palij — the last known Nazi collaborator living in the United States — at his home in Queens, New York," over the summer.
Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks to supporters last week at a town hall in College Point, a neighborhood in Queens, New York.
"So we talk about existential threats, the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II," Ocasio-Cortez said on Friday. "And so we've been here before and we have a blueprint of doing this before."
"None of these things are new ideas," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war. We had a direct existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany, and axis, who explicitly made the United States as an enemy, as an enemy."
"And what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy and we put hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country," Ocasio-Cortez stated. "We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100% renewable energy, and that's just the truth of it."
"It may seem like really big, it may seem really ambitious, it may seem really 'radical' as us [inaudible] like to say," Ocasio-Cortez concluded. "But the fact of the matter is we are dealing with a radical truth and a radical reality, and the more we choose to ignore it the worse we are doing by our children, and our grandchildren, and frankly ourselves."
The 28-year-old socialist, who is the Democratic nominee for New York's 14th Congressional District, made national headlines in July after she referred to Israel as the "occupiers" of Palestine in an embarrassing PBS interview that went viral; she later admitted: "I am not the expert on geo-politics on this issue"