President Donald Trump mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) radical Green New Deal proposal on Monday night, saying it was like a “high school term paper that got a low mark” — and the newly minted lawmaker from New York lashed out in retaliation.
Trump held a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night in which he pushed for border security and wall funding ahead of a congressional budget agreement deadline on Friday.
As the president championed his Make America Great Again policies, he also took the opportunity to take a swipe at progressive Democrats and their increasingly radical proposals.
Ocasio-Cortez (shown above right) unveiled her Green New Deal proposal last week, which would cost trillions of dollars and has a goal of combating income inequality and addressing climate change through a massive systemic overhaul.
The proposal’s more outrageous demands earned the president’s derision.
Several 2020 Democratic presidential contenders have backed the Green New Deal and signaled their willingness to embrace progressive policies once shunned by mainstream politicians.
“Last week, they introduced a massive government takeover that would destroy our incredible economic gains. They introduced the so-called Green New Deal,” Trump told the crowd of thousands — who then proceeded to boo the proposal.
“It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark,” Trump added. “It would shut down American energy — which I don’t think the people of Texas are going to be happy [about].”
The crowd booed again.
“It would shut down a little thing called air travel. How do you take a train to Europe?” the president wanted to know. “They want to take away your car, reduce the value of your home, and put millions of Americans out of work.”
This Green New Deal is “not going to happen,” Trump claimed.
The president’s criticism — particularly his remark about the “high school term paper that got a low mark” — didn’t sit well with Ocasio-Cortez.
“Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution. (“Reading the intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred ‘style of learning,’ according to a person with knowledge of the situation,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, citing a report from The Washington Post about Trump’s reading habits.
Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written …