Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushed back Friday at President Trump’s description of her as a “young bartender” by saying she’s proud of her days slinging drinks because it proves anyone can get elected to Congress.
“I’m proud of being a bartender, ain’t nothing wrong with that,” she said at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention in Midtown.
“I am, in fact, encouraged when people remind the country of my past, not because of anything it communicates about my story — but because it communicates that if I can work in a restaurant and become a member of the United States Congress, so can you.”
Trump took aim at Ocasio-Cortez and her proposal for reducing greenhouse gases during a fundraiser in Washington Tuesday night.
“The Green New Deal done by a young bartender, 29 years old,” Trump said.
“A young bartender, wonderful young woman, the Green New Deal. The first time I heard it I said, ‘That’s the craziest thing.’”
During her speech Friday, Ocasio-Cortez also argued that there’s nothing wrong with being called a radical.
“What we need to do with radically deep problems is propose radically visionary solutions,” she told the packed ballroom at the Sheraton New York.
“Radical doesn’t mean crazy, radical means addressing the root — address the rot.”
Republicans have attacked the ‘Green New Deal’ — calling its demands for a transition to a clean energy-driven economy by 2035, massive expansion of mass transit and job guarantees for all utterly unrealistic.
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