Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) didn't go into much detail about the rocky rollout of the Green New Deal when asked about it by MSNBC's Chris Hayes, opting instead to allude to a staffer in her office.
Hayes asked Ocasio-Cortez specifically about an FAQ document that was released which included some content even more strange and extreme than what ended up in the actual resolution.
"You guys issued an FAQ, it had some things in it that some people thought were ridiculous or radical, like that anyone who was unwilling or unable to work would be guaranteed a job, the FAQ was withdrawn, it was said it was preliminary, a draft," Hayes said. "There was a lot of fight about that, do you guys think you rolled it out the right way?"
"What I will say," Ocasio-Cortez began, "is that I definitely had a staffer that had a very bad day at work and we did release a working draft early. So I get that's what they're (critics) are seizing on. But really, what we need to do is have a serious conversation."
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That talking point about having a "serious conversation" is common among Democrats defending the Green New Deal resolution that was recently voted on in the Senate, and which no Democrat voted in favor for. A handful of Democrats voted against it, with the rest voting "present."
In the interview with Hayes, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized that it was just a resolution, not an actual attempt to create new law.
"First of all, if we wave a magic wand and we pass the Green New Deal resolution tomorrow, what happens? Nothing, because it's a resolution," Ocasio-Cortez said. "What our resolution that we introduced means, is that, it passes the House, and then it passes the Senate, separately, it just means that we make it a national priority."
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