The Sunrise Movement, which the New York Times notes has held protests and rallies this week aimed at Democrats who have not voiced their support of the Green New Deal, later said they found Feinstein's tone toward the young children to be callous. It's not just a cute stunt, in many cases, these kiddos are getting serious results. Dianne Feinstein after the California Democrat appeared to lecture and dismiss a group of kids who were urging for her to vote yes on the Green New Deal. "And you can take that back to whoever sent you here".
Activists from the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, posted video on social media of the confrontation, where Feinstein said "I've been doing this for 30 years, I know what I'm doing".
When a teen stated that "we're the people who voted you", Feinstein asked her age. "I know what I'm doing", Feinstein says. But after being interrupted multiple times, Feinstein got a little feisty, and things turned testy. "She said 'everyone in my office will pay a living wage, so I'm going to pay $15 an hour, ' which means your entry-level intern is making $52,000 while your chief of staff, who has a very important role in a congressional office, now is capped.so everyone is between 52 and 80 - it's actually socialism and communism on display". I was elected by nearly a million vote plurality. "You come in here and you say, 'It has to be my way or the highway.' I don't respond to that".
In the video, Feinstein also asks a girl how old she is as the girl says politicians should listen to the people they represent. She added, "I've been in the Senate for a quarter of a century, and I know what can pass, and I know what can't pass".
ACTIVIST: I'm 16, I can't vote.
The proposal could face a vote in the senate as early as next week.
The group also posted a recording of the full livestream, during which the sense of anger eases up about eight minutes in, when Feinstein forces her own version of an environmental action plan on to the kids and the adults. "Because no one else has even tried".
"I've gotten elected. I just ran".
The abridged version of the video posted to Twitter Friday evening by the Sunrise Movement quickly went viral, amassing almost 6 million views by Saturday morning.
This is a fight for our generation's survival.
"This is why young people want new leadership in Washington DC", Jackie Ali Cordoba, a Sunrise Movement Bay Area member, said in a statement to HuffPost.
Once most of the children exit, several women stay and calmly chat with Feinstein. "Well, you didn't vote for me", Feinstein fired back.
Feinstein's liberal challenger in the 2018 election, Kevin de Leόn, did not mention Feinstein directly after the video spread across the Internet, but tweeted "Climate change is real, and we won't survive what's coming unless EVERYONE is part of the conversation".