Trump: Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal is 'Ridiculous'
President blasts AOC and her thinly-veiled socialist manifesto during interview
President Donald Trump has blasted radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, describing her Green New Deal as "ridiculous" during an interview.
A relaxed president told Fox News's Sean Hannity during a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday night that Green New Deal, championed by Ocasio-Cortez, was "going nowhere."
While mocking self-declared Democratic socialist AOC, President Trump said he wished he could campaign against the Green New Deal - the manifesto for socialism in the United States that's been thinly veiled as a plan to tackle "Climate Change."
The controversial proposal, that was introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) last month, aims to eradicate fossil fuels and air travel with ten years and provide everyone with a living wage, even if they are "unwilling to work."
Trump blasts AOC: "I don't want to speak badly about the New Green Deal because I’m afraid they will stop using it, I really do want to campaign against it. It's ridiculous...it's crazy. It will cost $100T"— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 28, 2019
"The New Green Deal is ridiculous...New Green Deal is going nowhere" pic.twitter.com/ygb1bGBePY
"I really don't want to say anything about it. I want them to keep going forward with it because I want to campaign against it," Trump told Hannity of the sweeping climate resolution.
"You look at this Green New Deal. It’s the most preposterous thing,” Trump said during a Fox Business interview earlier this month.
"Now I don’t want to knock it too much right now because I really hope they keep going forward with it, frankly, because I think it’s going to be very easy to beat."
Republicans have seized on the initiative ahead of 2020 elections.
Every Democratic senator running for the White House in 2020 has co-sponsored the upper chamber's Green New Deal resolution, though the party remains split over the proposal’s cost and whether its goals are realistic.
The Senate voted 0-57 on taking up the resolution, with 43 Democrats voting present.
The measure was expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the procedural hurdle.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lashed out at the proposal ahead of Tuesday's vote, calling it an item on the "far-left wish list that many of our Democratic colleagues have rushed to embrace."
Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) exploded in response to the humiliating defeat of her "Green New Deal" on the Senate floor after it didn't receive a single "yes" vote.
Senators from both sides of the aisle roundly rejected Ocasio-Cortez's proposal.
The Democratic progressive star defended her Green New Deal being crushed by arguing that she encouraged senators to vote "present" instead of in the affirmative to "protest" the process.
"I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others. McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing," the New York congresswoman explained on Twitter in response to the lack of Democratic votes.
"The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change?"
"The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities," she added.
"Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019.
"A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a plan on the scale of the problem."
The final vote was 57 "no," 43 "present" and 0 "yes."