A group of young children in California went with a petition to ask their senator Diane Feinstein to sign on to the Green New Deal. Her condescension and arrogance towards the children and their parents was infuriating to watch. See for yourself.
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) February 22, 2019
The angry backlash at Feinstein’s atrocious attitude has already begun.
The senator reacted “with smugness + disrespect”, the Sunrise Movement tweeted on Friday, sharing a video clip of the meeting. “Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress.”
Later in the clip, Feinstein tells a young activist, “Well, you know better than I do. So I think one day you should run for the United States Senate and then you do it your way.”
“Great, I will,” the teenager responded.
“That resolution will not pass the Senate,” Feinstein told the activists, according to a news release from the Sunrise Movement. “And you can take that back to whoever sent you here.”
Later, recognizing that she came out looking terrible, Feinstein went into damage control mode.
The senator issued a statement Friday evening: “I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear,” she said, misstating the group’s name as the Sunshine Movement. “I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation.”
Yeah, right. You are bought and sold by lobbyists so we cannot really expect much from you other than words.
But nice work, Diane! You need to nip the idealism of young children in the bud because otherwise they might grow up to be politically active and put pressure on people like you to do your job.