Young climate change activists swarm Mitch McConnell's office

Pablo Tucker
February 27, 2019

"You come in here, and you say it has to be my way or the highway", Feinstein says to the group in the video, taken inside her San Francisco office Friday morning.

At the end of the roughly 14-minute exchange, one of the high school students asked how she could apply for an internship in Feinstein's office, and the senator offered her one on the spot.

A group of schoolkids and adults tried to boss around Sen.

Feinstein told the woman, "Well, you know better than I do". While some wrote that a shortened version of the video made Feinstein's conduct look worse than she had actually behaved, others said that the full version of the video was just as damning. "I don't respond to that", Feinstein said.


Feinstein's liberal challenger in the 2018 election, Kevin de Leόn, did not mention Feinstein directly after the video spread across the Internet, but tweeted "Climate change is real, and we won't survive what's coming unless EVERYONE is part of the conversation".

To that, Feinstein said: "The U.S. government does a lot of things with the money, and they're important things, and you just can't go in and say, OK, we're going to take hundreds of millions from here, and hundreds of millions from there".

"Well you know better than I do, so I think one day you should run for the Senate". Watch her condescending response, share with your friends, and CALL her office at (415) 393-0707 to ask her to support the Green New Deal! "So I don't think that working on an issue for 30 years alone is what qualifies as - as what makes someone qualified to solve an issue", Ocasio-Cortez said in a clear dig at the incumbent.

In the video, more than a dozen children are seen meeting with Feinstein hopes of discussing the deal and presenting her with a giant, handwritten letter asking her to vote yes.


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

Senate Republicans already have been seeking to put Democrats in a tough position on the proposal, which was introduced by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, a self-described Democratic socialist, by scheduling a vote on it as soon as next week. "And then you can do it your way". The proposal calls for a job-guarantee program offering a "living wage job to every person who wants one", a plan to aid workers affected by climate change, universal health care and basic income programs, among other items.

The so-called Green New Deal may tally between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years, concludes the center-right policy American Action Forum, which is run by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan CBO from from 2003 to 2005. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey's (D-MA) plan referenced a United Nations report which said that catastrophic climate change could cost more than $500 billion annually in lost economic output by 2100.


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