"How many wildfires and lost lives will there be before Dianne Feinstein treats climate change like the crisis that it is, and backs the Green New Deal?". It's not just a cute stunt, in many cases, these kiddos are getting serious results.
In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen children and several adults from multiple advocacy organizations including Sunrise Movement and Youth vs. Apocalypse, another youth climate-change advocacy group based in the San Francisco Bay Area, meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the deal.
"Well, you didn't vote for me", Feinstein snaps back.
Judging by the video, Feinstein appeared prepared to negotiate at first.
Others said regardless of whether the kids were "right", it was Feinstein's treatment of the kids that was problematic. The Green New Deal, championed by Democrats Sen.
"I hear what you're saying but we're the people who voted you", the girl tells Feinstein.
Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez rolled out the resolution that proposed a total overhaul of the US economy and energy sectors over the next 10 years, coupled with progressive policies unrelated to addressing climate change. "I was elected by nearly a million-vote plurality, and I know what I'm doing. You come in here and say, 'It has to be my way or the highway.' I don't respond to that".
Feinstein subsequently had copies of the resolution that she supports handed out to the activists in the room. She added, "I've been in the Senate for a quarter of a century, and I know what can pass, and I know what can't pass". "I don't respond to that", she continued. "We have our own Green New Deal", said Feinstein.
The group brought a bunch of kids, ages 7 to 16, to Feinstein's office today to lobby the fifth-term senator - and said they got "smugness" in return.
Feinstein responded to the incident later on Friday in a statement, which she released on Twitter. She used to doubt herself, see, but then she achieved self-empowerment by ignoring her critics and putting her bold solutions out there. "Why? Because no one else has even tried. Maybe people should listen a little bit".
The Fox News Sunday morning show co-hosts - Griff Jenkins, Pete Hegseth and Katie Pavlich - all took shots at the New York Democrat's recent announcement that "leadership starts with our choices", and that she is choosing to pay everyone on her staff at least $52,000 a year.
The abridged version of the video posted to Twitter Friday evening by the Sunrise Movement quickly went viral, amassing almost 6 million views by Saturday morning.
Feinstein issued a response late Friday, writing in a tweet she and the group had a "spirited discussion" and that she'd listened to the young children who lobbied in her office. "I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation".