A group of children and teenagers visited Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) office recently to convince her to support the Green New Deal. Feinstein, apparently unimpressed, dismissed the group with a blunt honesty you don't see from a politician every day.
In a video posted to the Sunrise Movement Twitter account, the children are seen preparing to deliver a letter about the Green New Deal, a controversial and expensive climate change initiative, to Feinstein. When they meet her, however, the reception was not what they likely expected.
"We are trying to ask you to vote yes on the Green New Deal," one of the children told Feinstein. "Please."
"Some scientists have said we have 12 years to turn this around," another child told Feinstein.
That's when the conversation turned.
"Well, it's not going to get turned around in 10 years," Feinstein said. "What we can do is put ourselves—"
One of the older members in the group cut Feinstein off mid-sentence.
"You're looking at the faces of the people who are going to be living with these consequences (of climate change)," she said.
Feinstein, at that point, appears to have lost her patience, and dropped all pretense.
"You know what's interesting about this group?" Feinstein began, with her arms folded across her chest. "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.
"I've gotten elected. I just ran," Feinstein continued. "I got elected by an almost 1 million vote plurality. And I know what I'm doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit."
One of the teenagers pushed back, saying that they were the ones that voted for her, and it is her job to listen to them.
"How old are you?" Feinstein asked.
"I'm 16. I can't vote," she replied.
"Well, you didn't vote for me," Feinstein retorted.
Eventually, having tired of arguing with the group, Feinstein told one of them "Well, you know better than I do. So, I think one day you should run for Senate. And then you do it your way."
Watch the video below:
This is how @SenFeinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution -- with smugness +… https://t.co/IDvM5QVWQL— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@Sunrise Movement 🌅) 1550874984.0