"You come in here and say, it has to my way or the highway".
Assailed by many on social media after the video circulated, Feinstein in a statement described the interaction at her San Francisco office with about a dozen middle- and high-school students and several young adults as a "spirited discussion" and said that "they were heard loud and clear".
As the group leaves the office, a young woman turns to the camera. "I don't respond to that", Feinstein continued.
Feinstein goes on to explain that she has drafted her own resolution, which she says will have both a meaningful impact and a chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate.
"You know what's interesting about this group", Feinstein observes at one point, "is I've been doing this for 30 years". That video underscored some of the more fiery remarks Feinstein made and was posted with the caption, "This is how @SenFeinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution - with smugness + disrespect".
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"You know better than I do, so I think one day you should run for the Senate and, then, you do it your way", Feinstein said. "I've gotten elected, I just ran". In it, Feinstein acknowledges that she might vote for a pending resolution for the so-called Green New Deal, despite her opposition to its far-reaching implications and costs.
Others said regardless of whether the kids were "right", it was Feinstein's treatment of the kids that was problematic.
"The key to legislation is to tailor something that you can write so that it can pass", Feinstein says.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) "Green New Deal" - a massive government takeover of large portions of the USA economy - is projected to cost up to $93 trillion. I know what I'm doing. "And then you can do it your way".
"So you know, maybe people should listen a little bit". Later, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to say that people who accept climate science but don't act at the scale that's necessary to avert the crisis are almost as bad as those who deny the problem exists in the first place. The kids are kinda cute at first as they ask the six-term senator to sign on to a "transformative" plan whose component parts, price tag, and schedule are so delusional that Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination are dragging it is "aspirational" and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) waved it away as "the green dream, or whatever they call it". 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.