Donald Trump attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal at a campaign rally in a preview of things to come for the 2020 electionOn February 13, 2019 by admin
Joe Raedle | Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on February 11, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.
President Donald Trump took aim at the Green New Deal touted by freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his first true campaign speech of the 2020 election cycle, unveiling a line of attack that seems destined to be a staple of his campaign stump speech.
“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of ‘let’s hop a train to California,’ of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore!” Trump said at a large rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas.
“It would shut down American energy, which I don’t think the people in Texas are going to be happy with,” Trump said elsewhere in the speech, eliciting cheers from the audience of more than 5,000. “It would shut down a little thing called air travel. How do you take a train to Europe?”
Trump appears to have seized on a line from an informal page of FAQs about the Green New Deal, released last week by Ocasio-Cortez, one of the congressional resolution’s co-sponsors, which specifically referred to cows and airplanes.
The line said lawmakers had set a goal of “net-zero” emissions in a decade rather than zero emissions at all, “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”
Read more: Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really want to get rid of farting cows?
Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and US Senator Ed Markey (R), Democrat of Massachusetts, speak during a press conference to announce Green New Deal legislation to promote clean energy programs outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 7, 2019.
The Green New Deal would not actually do any of these things Trump claimed it will do – although it does contain proposals to drastically reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, to which methane-producing cows and commercial air travel are both major contributors.
The plan might not get much traction in Congress, to begin with. While it was met with support from some of the Democratic caucus’ more liberal members, it received a cool reception from leadership. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Politico recently that the plan will be “one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive” on how best to combat climate change.