- President Donald Trump mocked the Green New Deal and joked that he should lose the 2020 election if the ambitious proposal ever became a reality.
- “It’s the craziest thing,” Trump said of the Green New Deal and Democrats on Tuesday. “They believe it.”
- Trump’s also made a flippant remark toward Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a freshman lawmaker who championed the Green New Deal, by mocking the congresswoman’s previous work as a bartender.
- “The Green New Deal. Done by a young bartender, 29-years-old, wonderful young woman,” Trump said as the audience laughter.
President Donald Trump mocked the Green New Deal and joked that he should lose the 2020 election if the ambitious proposal ever became law.
“It’s the craziest thing,” Trump said of the Green New Deal and Democrats, during a speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual spring dinner on Tuesday. “They believe it.”
Trump encouraged the audience not to oppose the plan in hopes that it backfires against the Democrats during the upcoming 2020 US presidential election.
“And we will have to do something. But don’t do it too early, please, don’t kill it,” Trump said of the Green New Deal. “Because we want to be able to run against it. If they beat me with the Green New Deal, I deserve to lose.”
The Green New Deal in itself is a nonbinding resolution and proponents of it would still face legislative hurdles to pass it. The majority of the Democratic caucus voted “present” in a 57-0 vote against the measure last week, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for a procedural vote.
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Trump also made a flippant remark toward Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a freshman lawmaker who championed the Green New Deal, by mocking the congresswoman’s previous work as a bartender.
“The Green New Deal. Done by a young bartender, 29-years-old, wonderful young woman,” Trump said as the audience laughed.
“You have senators that are professionals. That, you guys know, that have been there for a long time,” Trump added. “White hair, everything perfect. And they’re standing behind her and they’re shaking. They’re petrified of her.”
Ocasio-Cortez appeared to take the widespread Republican taunt in stride. The lawmaker responded to one such incident after a person tweeted a facetious comment about her bartending work.
“‘This bartender’ has served in a Senate casework office, organized and educated [thousands] of young people, earned relevant degrees [with] honors, worked on field campaign …” she tweeted in January.
🎶What would you do if I sang out of tune,
would you stand up and walk out on me?/
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song/
and I’ll try not to sing out of key. /
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends /
mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends 🎶
This was one of my papa’s favorite songs. Before he passed away, he built a trellis for my mother by hand in our backyard. He wanted to inscribe this lyric around the edges, but never got the chance. I have always felt that this is a love song, but a love song for friendship.
This #internationalwomensday, I’m thinking about (and grateful for) sisterhood. At the heart of sisterhood, like so many meaningful relationships, is love. And to me, loving people isn’t about who you’re trying to be a “rockstar” in front of. Love is about who you’re unafraid to let see you sing out of tune. 🎤
📸: @rashidatlaib + @azizthefrenchie
Own your power.
For so many, it’s radical to feel comfortable in your own skin – and to know that you are more than enough, just as you are.
One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
So take up space. Speak up. Hold the door open and take others with you. Accept that you will be criticized no matter what – that is the price of fighting for change and innovation. I consider constructive criticism a blueprint for improvement and a medicine for ego.
Ultimately, the people who get down, stay focused in adversity, and do the thankless work of change are the ones who transform society. We can all be a part of that, if we so choose. We can all knock a door, register our cousin to vote, or educate ourselves on an issue we’re curious about.
We are all capable of awakening and commitment. And because of that, we can all be great.
IT’S OFFICIAL: OCASIO2018 IS ON THE BALLOT FOR NY-14! 🔥
This is what ~5,500 grassroots signatures, collected by 141 volunteer witnesses, held by 1 overwhelmingly grateful candidate at midnight looks like! 💪🏽💪🏽 #peoplepower
All weekend, high-priced opposition lawyers were crawling over our petitions to find any excuse to bump me off the ballot.
Ultimately, our grassroots 5X effort was too overwhelming. As of midnight last night, no objections were filed to our campaign for Congress.
Ocasio2018 is on the ballot for NY-14 all thanks to YOU. THANK YOU to our supporters, door knockers, petition captains, donors, prayer squads, EVERYONE who helped make this happen in all ways large and small.
Now it’s time to kick it into high gear. Join us in the Bronx THIS SAT for our organizing rally and Barnstorm. You are all officially invited – so you have no reason to say “I’ve never been to the Bronx” again! COMMIT NOW: LINK IN BIO.
“Bartending + waitressing (especially in NYC) means you talk to [thousands] of people over the years,” she said in another tweet. “Forces you to get great at reading people + hones a razor-sharp BS detector. Just goes to show that what some consider to be ‘unskilled labor’ can actually be anything but ;).”
Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal have been popular targets for many Republican lawmakers and some Democrats. Her version of the nonbinding resolution calls for a massive overhaul of the nation’s infrastructure — including powering the entire country using renewable resources, completely cutting greenhouse emissions from automobiles, and guaranteeing jobs for citizens.
Opponents of the plan have described it as too costly and have criticized its inclusion of broad, progressive principles, such as guaranteeing “a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.”
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