Sen. Dianne Feinstein Clashes With Children Over the Green New Deal

Christopher Davidson
February 23, 2019

"You know what's interesting about this group?" said Feinstein, cutting off a girl before she could interject. Defending her stance, the senator explained that Democrats are a minority in the Senate, suggesting that legislation with more conservative appeal would be more successful. "I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation", she said in the statement.

Feinstein subsequently had copies of the resolution that she supports handed out to the activists in the room. "I know what I'm doing" and "you didn't vote for me" - are you fricking kidding me?

In the original video, the group can be seen and heard saying they wanted to present Feinstein with a letter asking her "to vote yes on the Green New Deal". The group also posted a recording of the full livestream, during which the sense of anger eases up about eight minutes in, when Feinstein forces her own version of an environmental action plan on to the kids and the adults. And I know what I'm doing.

One teen girl told the senator that "we're the people who voted you" and pleaded for Feinstein to change her mind on supporting the Green New Deal.

"OK, I'll tell you what", Feinstein replied.

"So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit", she advised.

The Sunrise Movement's capable moment on Friday shows the increasingly important tactic of recording direct contact with lawmakers to distribute on social media - executed most effectively by Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who confronted then-Senator Jeff Flake about his vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-year plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY.

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Cutting off Feinstein mid-sentence, one of the activists tells the lawmakers that "any plan that doesn't take bold, transformative action is not going to be what we need".

This is a fight for our generation's survival.

"Well the reason why I can't is because there's no way to pay for it", Feinstein responded.

"I've been in the Senate for over a quarter of a century, and I know what can pass and I know what can't pass", she said. "Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress", they wrote.

"Great, I will", the woman interrupts.

She did not say definitively which way she'd vote on the deal, telling one student she could support the measure.

"Until then, we're in charge - and you're just shouting from the cheap seats", Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

The Green New Deal is a far-left plan created to implement government control over large portions of the USA economy that Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl has estimated could potentially cost up to approximately $100 trillion. She is clearly out of touch with her constituents and I for one will not forget this incident next election!

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