The Instagram live videos are not new to New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman Democratic student had already appeared on the social media platform to answer political questions while cooking. She highlighted her first week in Congress with a series of Instagram stories that garnered more attention from fans, critics and the media.
On Wednesday, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist discussed politics while preparing furniture in her Washington apartment. Ocasio-Cortez explained to over 8,000 people who had listened to that while they had already tweeted about the need to buy furniture; she had several pieces delivered that day and had to assemble them.
"I sleep on a mattress on the floor," said the congressman, eating popcorn and sipping white wine.
Ocasio-Cortez answered questions from those who were watching them, explaining why President Donald Trump had not yet released his tax returns if she thought Puerto Rico would become the 51st state.
But most of the time of the congressman was devoted to discussing his fundamental political problem: climate change.
"We have 12 years left to reduce emissions by at least 50%, if not more, and for anyone who wants to make a joke about it, you can laugh at it, but your grandchildren will not do it." said Ocasio-Cortez, after asking for years that the world had before the end.
Ocasio-Cortez criticized its Green New Deal, a far-reaching policy that aims to reduce US carbon emissions to zero by 2050. While most Democrats have hailed the resolution, Republicans have hesitated at the price of such a venture, including: Trump, who often claimed that Ocasio-Cortez wanted to demolish all the buildings of Manhattan and rebuild them.
Ocasio-Cortez compared reactions to climate change to those of individuals who protested the civil rights movement, claiming that the internet "documented everything" and that "your grandchildren will not be able to hide the fact that you fought against climate change. "
"You look back and you open up history books on the civil rights movement, and you see those people who are protesting the possibility for African Americans and black Americans to have the right to vote "said the congressman. "And they waved these fanatical signs and placards saying," What about the rights of whites? "and like all that stuff in the 1950s and 1960s. Just be aware that right now, many people are hiding the fact that their families and grandparents fought against the principles of equal rights in the US It is not 100 years old, nor 80 years old, but in the life of this generation. "
"People who are trying to mock and delay this moment, I mean, I just feel bad for you.I just complain about your role in history right now," added Ocasio-Cortez.
On Wednesday, Florida representative Matt Gaetz unveiled his own initiative – called the Green Real Deal – as a Republican response to climate change. In his presentation, Gaetz called the proposal a "refutation of common sense" of the Ocasio-Cortez policy, but also called on Republicans not to neglect the "science of climate change".
"History will severely judge my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change," Gaetz said. "Similarly, Democrats who would use climate change to regularize the experience of the American experience will face the harsh reality of the failure of their ideas."
In response to the question on climate change, Ocasio-Cortez fought back against the Republicans who criticize it. "The reason Republicans hate me so much, is because I confront them directly to their morals – their lack of moral groundwork on so many issues and not only that, but the reason they are so upset and that they act like this girl in Exorcist "it's like throwing up pea soup, it's like them and negativity. This is because they must fiercely protect a paradigm and a way of thinking that short-term gains are more important, as marginal as ever. long-term loss and any long-term costs, "she said.
The New York Republic then explained how the profits of oil companies, pharmaceutical companies and banks took precedence, even though they took advantage of the Americans to pay for the drugs so that many could not buy them or put in bankruptcy and seize their homes.
"I'm here to tell you that second-quarter profits may not be bigger than our grandchildren," she said. "So, you can do what you want, you can watch me in the short term, you can scrape the embers, you can pretend to be a joke in front of society, just know it's a short-term reality. And whether I'm here or not, the truth and the facts remain the same, brother. "
Ocasio-Cortez added that she thought the truth would be revealed because "the truth will not stay buried forever."
"It may take a year, it may take 30 years, it may take a generation, but the truth will always come up, it will always come up and as long as I can go home every day and look at myself in the mirror and say" you have did what you thought was right and you did not compromise people and their well-being along the way, "she said." As long as I can sleep at night? That's all I'm interested in, and I can sleep at night knowing that I've done everything I can for all people. "