I have deep respect for @SenFeinstein and her long service to her state and the nation.

However, her behavior toward these young people is disrespectful and very disappointing.

They deserve an apology — and we ALL deserve for climate change to be treated as the crisis it is.
Replying to @leahmcelrath
Look, let’s be real: •Senator Feinstein handled this situation badly. AND •This is an edited video. •This was a set up to try and produce exactly this kind of “gotcha” moment. •If anything, Feinstein was TOO honest about the political realities. AND THIS 👇🏼 IS RIDICULOUS

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In reply to @leahmcelrath
There is NO doubting the righteous sincerity of these children. However, the video is cut at 00:21 — right when Feinstein starts to talk about the version of the New Green Deal she is championing. Then the chaperone talks over the Senator, getting her points in for the camera.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Or perhaps these kids genuinely don't want to inherit a Hell Planet and not everything in life is a political gotcha moment?
 
the kids are being real. "political realities" fuck off
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
The planet is on fire, Leah.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Not the least bit surprised to see one of the most vapid and consistently wrong people on this website defending Dianne Feinstein here. Keep up the great work!
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
love too doom humanity because of 'political realites'
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
How do you edit it to make her say classics like; “I got elected by a plurality OF 1 MILLION VOTES” “How old are you? You didn’t vote for me” “Maybe you should run for senate” 🙄🙄🙄🙄
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
She was ambushed by the parents and by people who are not acting in good faith. It was way too obvious. They tried the shame shit with Hillary and I’m not letting them slide this time. I’m speaking my mind and I’m not hiding this time.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
With due respect, she is PART OF the political reality. If you can't be bold on climate in your last term, when you don't have to run again, when can you be?! Again, I am her constituent and a mother of a young kid, and this is a complete letdown.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Edited, yes, and the constant interrupting of Feinstein was very disrespectful. However... What we saw on display here was the gargantuan ego of a longtime public servant. She was more interested in boasting about her status and election than she was in discussing the issues.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
I don't care what young people believe they can achieve. As a friend and neighbor of the Senator for well over 30 years. She knows exactly what she is doing. Sometimes the young believe they are invincible and have all the answers. They're not and don't.
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Generally I agree, however, if after 30 years this is how you treat constituents, it IS time to go.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Either she's willing to work for the future or she's not. And if she's not. she should retire and let an actual Democrat with a spine do the job. The fact that she was rude to kids about it is just the cherry on top.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
No, no, no, no — I usually agree with you Leah, but not on this one. Those kids don’t have time for “political realities” They need to grow up thinking they can change them to literally save their lives. Feinstein had an inappropriate ego fit, full stop.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
it's not ridiculous to think that the people shaping our climate policy should be people who will still be alive in 30 years
 
Nice bad opinion you have, there. It would be a real shame if someone were to................... disregard it
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
No shit. These kids would have never made it into the office of a Republican. Not with those signs or a camera. Yeah, she is a dinosaur, but C’mon. So sick and tired of this BS. Grassley looks and acts like her dad
 
Thank you ... for enlightening us ... that this is an edited video ... BUT if Senator Feinstein ... didn't have a very awkward communication style ... and somewhat authoritarian ... this kind of video ... could not have been edited ...
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
That's the problem I have with blaming Feinstein and not those using this as a gotcha. I don't want politicians to tell lies to appease others. Facts matter.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
She's not lovable, but she is powerful and has represented Ca well for decades. Maybe she has a little WC fields in her. 🤣
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
If she had been able to push incremental reform 20 years ago maybe she'd have a leg to stand on, now it's just putting her soon-to-be-dying head in the sand and seeking common cause with climate deniers.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
It shows their ignorance of how govt works.. should have spent more time in a civics class..
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
I don't doubt the earnestness and sincerity of these kids. But they deserve better from the people hyping this video, too. They're being used to incite targeted hatred, not to promote awareness of their cause.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Using kids is the lowest form of politics.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Can you provide the unedited video? That would be really helpful.
 
I will block anyone or group attacking the Dem party. We can all improve and get better, but even in our worst moments we still care about the world and the people in it. We not the Nazi's we are the people fighting them. I support @SenFeinstein
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
The Green New Deal has been around for what? A week? We do have to do something drastic, yesterday, but trying to shame the senator with children isn't the way to get it done.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
I respect her greatly but this was just a terrible way to talk to these kids and parents. Does she really feel that way about her constituents? Makes me wonder.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
And no one talks about the moment when the teacher interrupts Senator Feinstein. Sure as a politician you should have some more tact, but I can't blame her for reacting to someone being rude to her.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
I think this is right. We *have* to get smarter about this gotcha approach to everything. It’s absurd, and we fall for it every time. Look what else we are NOT talking about rn.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Nobody wants to seen in the same light as Project Veritas, using ambush tactics & edited videos. Show the whole tape if you want to be taken seriously.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
The ruling class will be the last to be affected by climate change.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
"Look kids, some of you are gonna die from climate change. That's just the political reality. But with my plan, there's a chance some of you won't"
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
this is such a bad take and shows me you haven’t followed feinstein’s career closely or attempted to work with her on anything as a constituent.
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
But, but...they say they’re not sexist. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/64KlC30C0v
 
The both sides flavor of boot licking
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
She needs to resign immediately it is obvious not only is she out of touch with her constituents but that she doesn't care about them anymore, either if she was a republican we would be demanding her resignation, too
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Don't Dem reactionary peeps ever get a clue? This is an edited video to engineer a gotcha moment.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
yeah Im sure the timing IRT the growing "Amy is mean to her staff" kerfluffle is entirely coincidental ...
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Also not a good look when you have far right lunatics praising her for this billshit
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
The senator is getting up there in age, works hard and gets cranky sometimes. Nothing deeply malevolent of insensitive about her reaction. There does seem to be a bit of a superficial rift between the old and the new guard. It is healthy, in the balance will find our direction.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
If she cares about her grandchildren why does she want the Earth to be on fire
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
great take as always leah! Feinstein sure stuck it to those darn meddling kids.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
this would not be the hill i would pick to die on
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Leah, this isn’t how you talk to kids concerned for their future. “I won by a million vote plurality.” Nonsense.
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Respectfully Leah, you really missed the mark here. Climate change is a matter of organic chemistry. It's not a political or economic issue. Organic chemistry - plain and simple.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
I watched & thought it was a set up. It was unfair of them to corner Diane Feinstein. I was also disturbed when one of the little girls referred to Senator Feinstein as simply "Feinstein." In their indoctrination of these children they left out the part about R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
This is a bad hill to die on
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
deceptively edited video
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Until you know everything that happened and how the video was edited, you are unable to judge whether she “behaved badly.” Take a breath people and ask why she’s being attacked on the environment, on which she has an excellent record. Why?
 
 
💥💥THIS💥💥

and now just CALM DOWN and try to get rid of Susan Collins. Feinstein is THE LEAST of our worries.
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
One of these smart, brave young girls is the next @AOC. Keep speaking up! Don’t be denied in this crusade!
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
It’s young people venting after being disrespected. The frying pan is hot!
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
You’re correct. I don’t like how Feinstein handled it but those Justice Dems knew exactly how to get the reaction they wanted and what they were doing with this. I feel bad for the children.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
You’re being childish
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
No lie, I probably would have been scared on approach knowing these kids need so many things to happen to rollback 45s rollbacks.Then figure out what Green new deal means,by the time they can vote Marijuana could be currency at the rate 45 is emptying US treasury. Respect goes⛖
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
that's fascinating, but have you considered: pic.twitter.com/HgzH8tltmC
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Yeah I'd like to see the whole video. I am disappointed in Feinstein's response overall. Thanks. I'm gonna do more work on this. 💙
 
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
How are your calves feeling lately, Leah?
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
We're literally all going to die from climate change soon but at least you'll know you were nice to a lady who used to fly the Confederate flag on CA before the on rushing flood waters swallow you up, so you've got that I guess.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Where is Feinstein on the calf cramps scale?
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Yeah man it's really a "gotcha" question to ask whether a long time Senator will use her immense power to try and make the planet survivable for children.
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Jesus. If this is her honest opinion / honestly stated beliefs, then *it doesn't matter if the video was edited or not.* It forced her to come out and say that she doesn't care if these children will suffer and die because of her inaction.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
With ten years to cut emissions in half, not supporting the GND, which you are doing by defending this washed up empty shell of a human, is tantamount to climate denial.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Look, she’s really old. Little girls are frightening.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Thank you Leah. Pre internet this stuff would have been recognised for what it was but now it's fodder for all the major broadcasters.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
SOUNDS LIKE a setup by GOP funded by RUS
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
actually, those posts are good.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
The whole thing feels like the stunt the same group pulled in Pelosi’s office with AOC. I didn’t like their tactics then and I don’t like them now.
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
She's establishment as they come right of center, way to conservative for Cali and the youth who will pay the price for her corporate policy's.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Virtually any garden-variety elected Democrat would not be gotcha-d by a standard visit from a bunch of kids who don't want their entire adult lives taken up by climate catastrophe.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Exactly and I am amazed at all the people who have been "got" esp. the media personalities that are jumping on the bandwagon. Feinstein is a Jewel! Here is further video of the exchange. facebook.com/BayAreaSunrise…
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Yes above tweets ridiculous. @senfeinstein Senate pwr. is important RN; agree w/ your other points about how she could have handled it a little better. Thanks for posting the full video; always important to not distort. @senatemajldr will also get a visit from @sunrisemvmt
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
no it's not ridiculous you psycho
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
I watched the full version and I thought she was confrontational from the very beginning. There was no attempt on her part to find common ground; she flatly said she doesn't support GND basically because other things are more important.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
She handled it just fine Grow up This ain’t bean bag This is deadly serious and no action is happening
 
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
I know how sometimes kids can be very direct and ask the most uncomfortable questions – but trying to find an answer to a kid's question can be quite enlightening for us adults. She blew that chance by not treating them seriously and respectfully.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
How can you say they set her up for a gotcha moment? She was the one who was rude. If I took my kids to meet their senator, to get them involved in civics and they were treated like this, I would have been devastated and angry
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
nope, those are all good and correct responses
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
So are they trying to divide us? What's going on? This is quite strange. Those kids should spend their efforts turning red states blue. As the Senator was trying to tell them, they need those red states votes to pass legislation #ImWithFeinstein #ImWithFeinstein #ImWithFeinstein
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Tell me, how can one be "too honest" about political realities--when we, as citizens, are kept in the dark 24/7? How can you not love these moments when we see the callous lack of empathy our elected officials have? I don't get why you defend someone who does not advocate for you
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Ioh look she did nice things too. Does not excuse her other behavior. She is an adult who should know better.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
Using child for political theatre full stop
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
She did not handle it badly. This is crap from our own side with AOC and Bernie fostering it. AOC is a carbon copy of Bernie.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
What kind of parents would put their kids out there to do their dirty work. They are so misled. Pushy, disrepectful and obnoxious little buggers for their age. Not to mention, @AOC exploiting children like that, so wrong on many levels. Dianne won't fall for that kid scam.
 
In reply to @leahmcelrath
You could have easily just said “climate change isn’t real” and would have gotten the same point across much more efficiently
 
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