Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had some tough words for schoolchildren who visited her office Friday in an attempt to be heard about climate change and ask their senator to support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal.
After the initial scolding, Feinstein essentially told the children that they don’t know what they’re talking about and that they should put their full trust in her.
“I’ve gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality. And I know what I’m doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit.”
It appears the senator has the roles mixed up a little bit. These are her constituents. She represents them — or at least she is supposed to. A politician telling her constituents that they should not tell her what to do and should instead “listen a little bit” has serious and dangerous implications. This is certainly not the philosophy our society should encourage these children to accept.
And indeed, one of the older members of the group retaliated to Feinstein’s comment: “I hear what you’re saying, but we’re the people who voted you. You’re supposed to listen to us, that’s your job.”
Feinstein’s response to this comment was the telling moment. She asked the student how old she was, and when the student said she was just 16, Feinstein replied, “Well, you didn’t vote for me.”
Based on this exchange, it appears that the senator is not concerned about future constituents and impacts on children. So long as they did not and could not vote for or against her, there is nothing challenging her power.