Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proclaims ‘we made history’ during NYC victory speech

Progressive Democrat and political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated her historic win on Tuesday night with an electrifying victory speech in New York City.

“We made history tonight,” the 29-year-old, who is now the youngest women ever elected to Congress, said to her supporters.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Latina who has never previously held political office, easily won New York’s left-leaning 14th Congressional District against Republican Anthony Pappas. Her victory comes months after she unexpectedly defeated 10-term Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the June primary.

Ahead of the primary, Ocasio-Cortez worked as a bartender at a Mexican restaurant in New York City’s Union Square. In early October, she earned an endorsement from President Barack Obama.

“This is what is possible when everyday people come together in the collective realization that all our actions, no matter how small or how large, are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change,” Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday.

“Words cannot express my gratitude to every organizer, every small-dollar donor, every working parent and dreamer who helped make this movement happen,” she continued.

“And that’s exactly what this is. Not a campaign or an election day, but a movement, a larger movement for social, economic and racial justice in America.”

Ocasio-Cortez also identified what policies she intends to target in office, including abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, student loan debt (which she called “a ticking time bomb for our economy”) and “the role of money in politics.”

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MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Nominee for New York's 14th Congressional District, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: A banner for progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hangs across chairs at her victory party in the Bronx after an upset against incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embraces New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
TORNILLO, TX - JUNE 24: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is embraced at the Tornillo-Guadalupe port of entry gate on June 24, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. She is part of a group protesting the separation of children from their parents after they were caught entering the U.S. under the administration's zero tolerance policy. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 28: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during Thursday's June 28, 2018 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seen on June 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Ocasio-Cortez’s speech was briefly interrupted when news broke that Beto O’Rourke, also a progressive Democrat, lost his underdog bid for Senate in Texas against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. 

But the young, newly elected congresswoman urged her supporters to remain confident in Democrats’ overall success.

“There is never any fight that is too big for us to pick. We proved that this year,” she said. “Because in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, our greatest scarcity is not a lack of resources but the absence of political courage and moral imagination.”

Ocasio-Cortez added: “It is a hollow goal to simply be a rich country that seeks to concentrate wealth. We must also be a good nation too.”

In a more informal speech to a smaller crowd on Tuesday, the progressive star declared, “This is not the end. This is the beginning.”

 
  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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