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Senator Lectures Children Pushing For Green New Deal And People Are Outraged

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was confronted by activists from the Sunrise Movement in her office today, and it didn’t really go well for the senator. If “Sunrise Movement” rings a bell, it’s probably because the organization staged a sit-in in Nancy Pelosi’s office at the beginning of the new Congress in support of climate change action and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped by to register her support.

Today, the group brought a cadre of children to Feinstein’s office voice their support of the Green New Deal, a plan to aggressively combat climate change by transitioning the United States away from fossil fuels and toward a 100% renewable energy economy.

They pressed Senator Feinstein on the Green New Deal, highlighting the urgency of dealing with global climate change. Unfortunately, Feinstein reacted by telling the kids that she had just won a big election and also had been doing this for quite some time, so who the hell are you to whine about it? It was a pretty difficult scene to watch.

To the kids’ credit—especially the little girl in the front—they didn’t back down. When Senator Feinstein chided one of the 16-year-old volunteers as someone who didn’t vote for her (due to her age), the tiny climate warrior jumped in to say “It doesn’t matter, we’re the ones who are going to be impacted!” (Hopefully she runs for Senate one day.)

Senator Feinstein dressing down a group of engaged activist kids was met with a resounding “WTF?” on Twitter:

But not everyone hated it. Feinstein won praise from many on the right:

Here’s hoping the future looks less like the one Sen. Feinstein seems resigned to accept and more like one these kids are energized to create.