(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) joined with a group of like-minded leftists on Thursday to make it clear that they will hold the Biden administration to its promise of a Green New Deal.
She rallied her fellow progressives, telling them, “We’re winning. It's working. It's happening. And we are going to secure our future. We're going to secure the basic tenets of a Green New Deal, a multi-trillion jobs program for climate, for environmental, racial, gender and class justice.”
She spoke outside the Democrat National Committee building in Washington, D.C.
We have worked with the Biden administration to secure a commitment on a $2-trillion climate plan. Two trillion dollars. But we're not going to stop there. We're not going to stop with a piece of paper. That's not what's going to happen. We're not going to forget about that agreement for the sake of an election, are we?
No. What we're going to do is that we're going to organize and demand that this administration, which I believe is decent, kind, and honorable, keep their promise.
So that's what our next move is. To make sure that the Biden Administration keeps its promise -- kept its promise to young people, kept its promise to the movement for black lives, kept its promise to communities and working class people across the United States of America.
That's our message today -- to keep your promise. And we know that we don't just make that demand and walk away. We have to organize for it. We have to bring the heat for it. Because there's a whole lot of people that tried to just shove a bunch of money before this election, to try to buy their seat at the table. But we organize for ours. And we're not easily going to let that go.
So our demand here is to make sure that we keep this promise -- that we follow through on a visionary, absolutely unprecedented $2-trillion plan that's not just about money. But also, it's one of the first presidential plans to honor the treaty rights of Native people; one of the first rights (she meant 'plans') to make sure we have environmental justice front and center; and then we make sure that we make up for red-lining, that we make up for Flint, that we make up for Baltimore, that we make up for lead in the pipes across this country.
So that's what this movement is all about. I want to thank you. And I don't want anybody here to think that we're not winning. So let me tell you something -- we're winning. It's working. It's happening.
And we are going to secure our future. We're going to secure the basic tenets of a Green New Deal, a multi-trillion jobs program for climate, for environmental, racial, gender and class justice. That's what the Green New Deal is, and we will stick to that plan.
Following AOC to the podium, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said, "We're going to make sure the Biden administration sticks to our timeline, moving towards our timeline. And so I ask all of you, do not move from the needle -- do not! We are more than them."
'Are they who you want in charge?'
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), reacting to the leftists' demands Thursday night on Fox News, said, "Listen to them. Are they who you want in charge? I don't think so, and I think that message was largely rejected at the ballot box, to be honest.”
But Joe Biden has to deal with a simple fact, he invited all these socialists to his little dinner party, made Kamala Harris – she’s the most liberal senator in the Senate --made her his VP pick – she’s a signatory of Medicare for All, takes away your private insurance; a signatory of the Green New Deal -- Green New Deal is considered a crucial framework for climate change policy, according to Joe Biden's campaign website.
So he invited all of these socialists to his little dinner party, and he can't be surprised when they got a little drunk on power and now they have a very loud voice, which is exactly what's happening. They are not incorrect when they say that they're winning -- within the Democratic Party.
Now, I don't think they're winning over America, because we need to remember something -- Republicans took back almost a dozen seats in the House, and we should be pretty happy about that. I think the Democratic platform and policy was largely rejected this time. And this is what you get when you put socialism on the agenda.
Crenshaw said Joe Biden is someone who moves "with the political winds," whether it's health care or the Green New Deal.