Sometimes you really have to wonder how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got elected to Congress. She has the temper of a six-year old child. This week, following the failure of the Green New Deal to get a single vote from a Democrat in the Senate, she went off in a tantrum.
Here’s a partial transcript of her rant from CNN:
“When we talk about the concern for the environment as an elitist concern, one year ago I was waitressing in a taco shop in downtown Manhattan. I just got health insurance for the first time a month ago. This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue. You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist?
Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint whose kids, their blood is ascending in lead levels, their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. Call them elitist. You’re telling them that those kids are trying to get on a plane to Davos? People are dying!”
WATCH: Responding to Republican attacks, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez gives impassioned defense of the Green New Deal. pic.twitter.com/1PIQ7o5afG
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 27, 2019
Perhaps she should direct her anger at her Democrat colleagues in the Senate who failed to vote for her plan.
The Washington Examiner explains why:
Here’s why no one voted for the Green New Deal
Democrats, including those who co-sponsored the Green New Deal, didn’t abstain from voting for it out of some principled stand.
Rather, they were running away from the $93 trillion embarrassment that Ocasio-Cortez created for them when she rolled out the resolution, with its ambitious plans to phase out air transportation.
None of them wanted to go on record in favor of zeroing out U.S. carbon emissions in less than 10 years without any help from nuclear energy, a draconian and ludicrous plan that would do massive economic damage.
Since the resolution was introduced, both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein have criticized it, and proposed alternatives that could get at least bipartisan, or unipartisan, support. For this, Feinstein received plenty of flack, and was even confronted by a group of children.
AOC has far less power than she or her fans in the media believe.