Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Didn't Expect Conservatives to 'Make Total Fools of Themselves' When Talking Green New Deal

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she's typically ready to leave her Washington, D.C. office after a four- or five-day work week. She goes back home to the Bronx to reconnect with her hometown roots.

Friday night, she received a homecoming broadcast for a solid hour on national TV when she appeared on MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes to talk about the Green New Deal—back in the Bronx.

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the freshman representative who has gained so much popularity that folks now just call her AOC, entered the town hall to chants of "AOC, AOC." This comes just one night after a rally by President Donald Trump in Michigan had a room full of people yelling, "AOC sucks!"

Not long into the hour-long program Friday night, the news outlet played a series of video clips that showed conservatives from the president to Sen. Ted Cruz, a handful of representatives and Fox News personalities giving their opinions on the Green New Deal, which was co-sponsored by AOC. Comments ranged from a move to socialism to no more burgers and milkshakes.

Host Chris Hayes said the conservatives cranked up their criticism to a new level, calling it an 11—whereas volume dials would typically go to 10. Ocasio-Cortez agreed.

"It is next level," Ocasio-Cortez said. "I didn't expect them to make total fools of themselves. Frankly, I expected a little more nuance and I expected a little more concern trolling."

🤷🏽‍♀️ #AOCAllIn

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 30, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez, and several other guests who briefly appeared on the show, gave their points of view on the Green New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez said the resolution proposal that was released was a "working draft" that could get the conversation rolling.

Elements of the Green New Deal, as described by Ocasio-Cortez and the other panelists, range from the country moving from fossil fuels like oil and coal to more green energy like solar and wind power. They talked jobs, restructuring industry, universal healthcare and "social and racial justice."

"A lot of what the Green New Deal is, is about shifting our political, economic and social paradigms on every issue," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Because, we don't have time to wait. We don't have time for five years for a half-baked, you know, watered-down compromise position, when people are dying because their insulin is skyrocketing, because when people are sending their kids to school that have lead in the water. This is urgent. And to think that we have time is such a privileged and removed-from-reality attitude. That we cannot tolerate."

The full interview can be seen here:

When asked about the $93 trillion price tag that's been placed on the Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez called it a made-up number.

"They wave this wand and say it's going to cost a bazillion dollars, like Dr. Evil," Ocasio-Cortez said. "How bout we start by fully funding the pensions of coal miners in West Virginia? How about we start by rebuilding Flint? Let's just start, now."

When asked about "cow farts," Ocasio-Cortez shrugged off the jokes and said flatulence from cattle was a result of the food they eat.

"It is an issue when it comes to contributing methane, but that doesn't mean you end cows, it means we need to innovate and change our cow grain in which they feed in these troughs," Ocasio-Cortez said. "We really need to take a look at regenerative agriculture, like these are our solutions."

When asked if the Green New Deal meant a conversion to socialism, Ocasio-Cortez said "it doesn't mean we need to restructure the government, but we need to do something." She said that if the Green New Deal actually passed, nothing would happen until more conversations took place.

"If we wave a magic wand and we pass the Green New Deal resolution tomorrow, then what happens? Nothing, because it's a resolution," she said. "What our resolution, that we introduced, means, is that it passes the House and it passes the Senate separately, it just means that we make it a national priority. And it says that the scope, or the solution, must be on the scale of the problem. So it outlines the ways we can pursue that scope. But, in order for us to actually pursue this agenda, we don't have to do it all at once."

The resolution that has been supported by most of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, was put to a vote on the Senate floor on Tuesday, with a 57-0 rejection vote. There were 42 Democratic senators who voted "present" instead of "yes" or "no," and one independent (Bernie Sanders) voted "present."

Four non-Republicans—three Democrats and one independent—broke rank and were part of the 57 votes against the resolution. The "present" vote and Senate shoutout was not brought up during the MSNBC program.

During the interview, Ocasio-Cortez said she likes being back in the Bronx after a four- or five-day grind in Washington.

"On that fourth day, fifth day in DC, I'm like, get me out of here," she said. "I have to come back to my life in order to come back to the solutions and the commitment to these solutions."