On Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) earned the adoration of some prominent conservatives for pretty much telling a bunch of kids and their parents to pretty much go shove it when it comes to the Green New Deal. Yes, the parents were using their kids as pawns and the group who confronted the California Democrat, the Sunrise Movement, who are pushing lawmakers to back Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) ruinously expensive Green New Deal. It will cost trillions based on raw estimates, which is the reason why the plan doesn’t have a price tag or tax increase projections. It calls for updating ALL U.S. buildings to be energy efficient, knocking down those, which cannot be saved, transitioning away from fossil fuels within ten years, and culling farting cows. Oh, and the plan includes economic security for those who are “unwilling to work.” It’s a whacky left-wing adventure that is nothing but a recipe to destroy the country. Even labor unions aren’t too keen on it. So, how did this confrontation go down? Well, from Sunrise’s perspective, the senator told them to get lost, portraying her as an establishment snob. It’s quite hilarious, though. And folks you’d thought would never like anything Feinstein does, Erick Erickson and Ben Shapiro, became “fans” overnight (via USA Today):
WTF I love Dianne Feinstein now https://t.co/IpPtXhukwg— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 22, 2019
Honestly, this is a form of child abuse.These parents are scaring these kids with ignorant nonsense, and then using them to push a political agenda these kids can't possibly understand.— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) February 22, 2019
Actually really pisses me off to see stuff like this. https://t.co/A0m3OMrLHK
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is under fire after video shows her arguing with children who visited her office in hopes of swaying her vote on climate change legislation.
The children were with the Sunrise Movement, a climate advocacy organization, and approached Feinstein in hopes she would support the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that includes an overhaul of U.S. energy that seeks to stall the effects of climate change.
"I've been doing this for 30 years. I know what I'm doing," the California Democrat told a young girl at one point while debating with the group.
The children kept pressing her, one young girl telling the senator, "the government is supposed to be for the people, and by the people, and all for the people."
Feinstein replied, saying, "You know what's interesting about this group? I've been doing this for 30 years. I know what I'm doing. You come in here, and you say it has to be my way or the highway. I don't respond to that."
She pointed out that she just won an election by "almost a million vote plurality," adding, "I know what I'm doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit."
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.
The senator asked her age. After the teen said she was 16 and couldn't yet vote, Feinstein deadpanned, "Well, you didn't vote for me."
Feinstein, in a statement to USA TODAY, did not apologize but said she wanted the children who visited her office to know they were heard and called the debate "spirited."
"I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear. I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation," Feinstein said.
Tell @SenFeinstein and all Senators to co-sponsor @AOC and @SenMarkey's #GreenNewDeal resolution.— Sunrise Movement ?? (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019
Sign the petition today -- young people w/ @sunrisemvmt are delivering it to offices around the country Monday and Tuesday: https://t.co/zNE0tb8Tdo
This is how @SenFeinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution -- with smugness + disrespect.— Sunrise Movement ?? (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019
This is a fight for our generation's survival. Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress. pic.twitter.com/0zAkaxruMI
Children as young as 7 reminded Senator Feinstein that their generation will be most impacted by the effects of climate change and that she must stand with her constituents.— Sunrise Movement ?? (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019
The Senator responded by asking for their ages, stating: “Well, you did not vote for me”.
.@SenFeinstein went on to tell a group of children, “I’ve been doing this for 30 years. You come in here and say it has to be my way or the highway. I don’t respond to that...I know what I’m doing. Maybe people should listen a little bit.”— Sunrise Movement ?? (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019
Dianne Feinstein is over this pic.twitter.com/kWz9NmT10Z— Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) February 23, 2019
Wait.... is the lesson of the Feinstein video supposed to be that 8-year-old CHILDREN have more wisdom on public policy than the senator? Maybe the kids deserved a bit of a lecture. Grow up, people.— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) February 23, 2019
Oh man, these kids got roasted. But did they? Some decided to post the full interaction of the exchange and found that—gasp—Sunrise may have just shared the moments where Feinstein looked bad. Others commented by noting that overall, the discussion was not contentious and that the California liberal acted perfectly reasonable in the face of this confrontation. So, yeah, some selective editing was executed, but this was done to fire inside the ship. Still, it doesn’t erase Feinstein’s actions during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
Feinstein was perfectly reasonable dealing with the kids that were set up to corner her yesterday. I don't agree with her on much, but the org @AOC supports sent out a doctored video to try to make the Senator look bad.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 23, 2019
Democrats have an internal problem on their hands. https://t.co/CNfJqpyeXu
I, for one, am shocked that the mainstream media and blue checks would fall for a politically-charged & edited viral video of a confrontation between adults & children. https://t.co/XOpVlqdHBa— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 23, 2019