Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman representative, said young people needed to ask a "legitimate question" as a result of climate change and the increase in debt related to student loans: "Is it possible to To have more children? "
In an Instagram live video of the weekend, Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., hosted supporters in her kitchen and "presented a special salute to my enemies" while she was preparing chili and was using a glass of white wine.
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"Our planet is going to face a disaster if we do not transform this ship," she said, cutting sweet potatoes. "It's as if, fundamentally, there was a scientific consensus that children's lives would be very difficult and this, I think, encourages young people to ask a legitimate question. You know, should we continue to have children?
She continued, "Not only financially, because people end up with $ 20, $ 30, or $ 100,000 in student debt, they can not even afford to have kids at home," she says. but there is also this fundamental moral question, namely: "What do we do?"
"And even if you do not have children, there are still children here in the world and we have a moral obligation to them to leave them a better world."
Ocasio-Cortez answered questions from viewers as she continued to prepare her meal.
"What would Trump bring to chile? BOLOGNA! "He would put Bologna in Chile. At the same time because I think that's what his palace was developed for, and for the obvious reason. "
But one of the serious issues concerned his proposal to sign in the House, the Green New Deal.
"The principle of the Green New Deal is that we are screwed to the climate. I'm sorry to tell you, she said. "As for the climate in particular, we are screwed. There is a global threat to the planet. "
She added, "At this point, we do not even have to prove it. Just walk outside in winter in a lot of places and it's way worse than you usually have or a lot warmer than you are used to. "
"Hurricanes, storms, forest fires," she said. "We are dying now."
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While the resolution itself would do little because it is not binding, it is the first time that the policy proposal is formally presented to Congress.
"If we called to vote on the Green New Deal, tomorrow or Tuesday, when I returned to Washington, it would have been adopted, NOTHING would happen," she said, apparently minimizing the impact if the one It had to be adopted. "Literally, nothing would happen because it's a resolution. It's a statement. That be solved. It is we who accept a statement. Not a binding action plan. "
According to the resolution, "a new national social, industrial and economic mobilization of unprecedented magnitude since the Second World War and the New Deal" is an opportunity to tackle systemic injustices towards minority groups. create millions of well-paying jobs and prosperity and economic security for all US residents. "
Its proposals include "zero net greenhouse gas emissions through a just and equitable transition for all communities and all workers"; job creation; health care for all; investment in infrastructure; guarantees for clean water, healthy food and a sustainable environment; and a curiously undefined "access to nature".
Beyond these general proposals, Ocasio-Cortez's plan and accompanying documents include a range of wacky objectives – and have drawn the quick disregard of Republicans and other critics. The Republican National Committee has termed it a "socialist wish list" that would kill at least a million jobs and disrupt world trade – all while costing billions of dollars.
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez criticized seasoned lawmakers for "failing in the same things" for decades, after Senator Dianne Feinstein of D-Calif., Was confronted this weekend with a group of 39 children urging him to vote for the Green Party. New Deal Proposal.
Feinstein, however, defended his position and record in response to the confrontation.
"Do you know what's interesting in this group? I have been doing it for 30 years. I know what I'm doing. You come in here and you say, "It must be my way or on the road". I do not answer that. I was elected. I just run. I was elected by a majority of votes of about one million votes and I know what I am doing. Maybe people should listen a little, "said Feinstein in a video of the meeting in front of his office shared on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a climate advocacy group.
Ocasio-Cortez, in an apparent gesture at Feinstein, said that working on a problem for decades does not make you "qualified" to solve a problem.
"The problem has gotten worse, so I do not think that working on a problem for 30 years is what qualifies someone qualified to solve a problem," Ocasio-Cortez said in a scan to Feinstein.
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"That being said, many people who have been doing this work for decades have been proposing ambitious solutions for years and have not been listened to," she added. "So, it's not fair, it's been 30 years since I did that, so we have to listen to them because frankly people have been failing in the same things for 30 or 40 years. To do so, it is to say: What solutions have not yet been tried and on what ambitious scale have we not yet pulled in. And let's do it. "
In her live video stream, Ocasio-Cortez also cited reports that she had moved from her Bronx apartment to another.
"It's so funny, like, like, it's getting so weird with all this media attention because it's not a normal thing." It's really not normal, and what's really weird, it's that it's getting so much, it's so crazy, it's like I literally feel hysteria, but maybe that's because it's all about me ", she declared. "Yes, I live in the same neighborhood but I had to change apartment because you know, death threats — slash, I needed two rooms."
Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this report.