Trump Mocks Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal: ‘This is the Craziest Plan’

By Patrick Goodenough | March 4, 2019 | 4:41 AM EST

President Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland on Saturday. (Screen capture: YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) – Mocking the Democratic initiative known as the Green New Deal, President Trump on Saturday called it “the craziest plan,” and voiced disbelief that long-serving senators supported it.

“No planes, no energy,” he said during a lengthy address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. “When the wind stops blowing, that’s the end of your electric,” he added, referring to the proposed reliance on alternative energy sources.

“Darling, is the wind blowing today?” he riffed, looking up towards the sky. “I’d like to watch television, darling.”

Without naming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Trump derided both her and the “white hair” senators who joined her in launching the proposal last month. She and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced their Green New Deal resolution in the House and Senate on February 7.

Trump said someone had described the Green New Deal as “a high school term paper written by a poor student.”

“This is the craziest plan, and yet I see senators that are there 20 years, white hair – see, I don’t have white hair, I don’t have white hair,” he joked, pointing to his own coiffed hair.

“I see these white hairs, long time senators, standing behind this young woman. And she’s ranting and raving like a lunatic. And these senators, these senators” – he put on a serious face and voice – “Yes, I agree with this. Yes I agree.”

Trump ridiculed the plan’s focus on high-speed rail as part of an overhaul of the transportation sector in a bid to phase out carbon emissions.

“It’ll end air travel. But you’ll get on a train, don’t worry about it. You’ll just have to cross off about 95 percent of the world.”

He also took a dig at Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), saying that when asked what she thought of the plan, she had replied, “Well, I don’t know how I’m going to get to Hawaii, but I’m in favor of the plan.”

“I don’t get it! So she’s in favor of the plan, but you won’t be able to get – well, we can take boats. We’ll go back to boats ...”

Trump said he doesn’t want to talk the Democrats out of the Green New Deal, but instead would like to see them embrace a plan which he characterized as a vote winner for Republicans.

Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow

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