AOC Blasts Republicans In Passionate Defense Of Green New Deal

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez woke up Congress on Tuesday with a passionate defense of the Green New Deal and blasted Republicans for their political maneuvering on the issue of climate change.

A clearly angry Ocasio-Cortez excoriated those who claim efforts to protect the environment are “elitist,” citing water contamination in Flint, Michigan and environmental destruction elsewhere as issues that effect everyone and hit non-elites the hardest.

In AOC’s words:

“This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue.”

She also underlined the severity of the topic saying:

“People are dying. They are dying.”

Saying that acting to preserve the environment that we all share shouldn’t be a partisan issue, Ocasio-Cortez added:

“We are facing a national crisis.”

According to CNN, Ocasio-Cortez’s fiery speech came in response to Representative Sean Duffy calling the Green New Deal “elitist.”

Those who couldn’t be in the halls of power stood up online and applauded digitally.