You say tomayto, I say tomahto.
The Sunrise Movement (whatever that is) and their supporters are enraged that their publicity stunt in Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office didn’t result in her worshipping “the children,” telling them they’re the future, and promising to vote for AOC’s “Green New Deal” right away! According to them, that makes DiFi smug and disrespectful. Many other viewers, though, think DiFi is dropping a truth bomb on their guilt parade.
This is how @SenFeinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution — with smugness + disrespect.
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
— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019
This obviously edited video shows the children (who should be the ones solving the world’s problems since they’re only tainted by false science and propaganda and not by oil and gas money) impishly presenting their letter to Sen. Feinstein. When Feinstein kindly responds that she has her own Green New Deal, and that it’s not going to get turned around in the 10 or 12 years, the children are shocked almost into silence.
A young woman with the group interrupts Feinstein, saying:
“Senator, if this doesn’t get turned around in 12 years, you’re looking at the faces of the people who are going to be living with these consequences.”
Now the younger children know it’s okay to disrespect the Senator, so they jump right in.
“And the government is supposed to be by the people and for the people and…”
Feinstein’s already had enough of their rudeness and inability to have an actual conversation.
“You know what’s interesting about this group is, 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. Ive gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality, and I know what I’m doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit.”
The whiny young woman then tells Feinstein that “we’re the people who elected you,” so she has to listen to them – which is what she’s doing. Feinstein asks how old the young woman is. When she replies, “16,” Feinstein retorts, “Then you didn’t elect me.” That is not the response the group was looking for.
A younger child then says repeatedly, in a finger-wagging tone:
“It doesn’t matter. We’re gonna be the ones who are impacted.
The whining teenager continues to simultaneously beg and shame Feinstein while the younger children spout memorized talking points.
“There is enormous popularity for this bill around the whole country, and we’re asking you to be brave…”
Well, if it’s so popular, why would she need to be brave to vote for it? Feinstein assured them that she was “trying to do the best” she can, and that was “to write a responsible solution.” It’s almost certain that conservatives won’t agree with that Feinstein’s solution is responsible, but at least she has the sense to not get attached to AOC’s drivel.
That didn’t sit well with the whiny older teen.
“Any plan that does not take bold, transformative action is not gonna be what we need!”
As a mother and a grandmother, Feinstein’s dealt with emo teenage girls before. She replied:
“Well, you know better than I do, so I think one day you should run for the Senate. And then you can do it your way.”
The first 90 seconds of the video are hilarious, and then the incessant whining makes it nearly intolerable. Sen. Feinstein is no friend of conservatism, but she tried to teach these young people a few lessons about how the world really works. It’s a shame that they won’t listen.