Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at critics of socialist Green New Deal

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at critics of socialist Green New Deal

"You come in here and say, 'It has to be my way or the highway.' I don't respond to that".

The Green New Deal is one of the most radical and comprehensive plans ever developed to address climate change within the United States government.

As the group leaves the office, a young woman turns to the camera.

"If you watch the whole interaction, to me if anything, it's more horrifying", she said.

A group of protesters from the Sunrise Movement stormed the Russell Senate Office Building Monday, resulting in at least 40 arrests as they attempted to demand action from lawmakers on the Green New Deal.

Progressive strategist Eric Schmeltzer said on Twitter that Feinstein should apologize for getting "snippy" with the kids and criticized her as too pragmatic on the issue in general.

Lily Gardner, a 15-year-old from Eastern Kentucky, told reporters: "I am here urging him to consider the young Kentuckians who have traveled all the way to ask him: 'Why, why are our voices not being listened to?'"

In another portion of the video, Feinstein is heard telling the kids that she's "trying to do the best" that she can, "which was to write a responsible resolution". Like, I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago and it's creating all of this conversation. Why?

In an Instagram video posted on Sunday evening, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the co-sponsor and chief advocate of the Green New Deal, proposed a term for people like Feinstein: "climate delayer". She lectures the kids that she just won re-election by a million votes and reiterates "I know what I'm doing".

"And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question, you know, 'Is it okay to still have children?'" Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "You know what's interesting about this group is, I've been doing this for 30 years".

When Feinstein tries to conclude the meeting, a woman says the children "have decades of life that they hope to still have, and your leadership is so beautifully, beautifully possible", the senator replies, "That doesn't work with me, thank you".

Sunrise Movement accused Feinstein of responding to the children with "smugness" and 'disrespect'.

In response, Feinstein told the group that "we have our own Green New Deal". "And then you can do it your way". "Because no one else has even tried", she claimed. "I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation", she said in the statement.

More broadly, the video, and how quickly it became viral and ignited debate, highlights how the Green New Deal issue could become divisive for Democrats.

Bloomberg reports that Ocasio-Cortez's far-left plan would "tally between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years, concludes American Action Forum, which is run by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan CBO from 2003 to 2005".

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