Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew huge crowds during her appearance at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow to push her Green New Deal and tell activists to ‘take to the streets’, but not everyone was sure who she was.
The Democratic member of ‘The Squad’ told a panel on the conference’s Gender Day the United States needed to get to get back the ‘moral authority’ it lost under Donald Trump in the flight against global warming.
She revealed that her proposed Civilian Climate Corps is still part of President Joe Biden‘s massive social and climate spending plan – though like other agenda items it was slashed in size after moderate Democrat opposition shrunk the package from its original $3.5 trillion price tag.
She also attracted throngs of onlookers – despite not everyone in her audience not quite knowing who she is.
‘Even in Glasgow, @AOC draws crowds, including some folks unsure exactly why they are trying to snap pics of her,’ Bloomberg reported from the event.
‘“It is AOC,” explains one person to another puzzled onlooker. “She is a member of the House in America who is quite famous.”’
At one point summit organizers had to issue a crowd capacity warning on their live blog, instead urging people to use its virtual platform when possible. It’s unclear if the update was linked to the popular young lawmaker’s appearance.
‘COP26 is currently experiencing a high level of attendance at the venue. In order to ensure compliance with Covid-19 measures in place for all of our safety, we encourage you to consider making use of the COP26 Platform where possible, in line with your badge type,’ the website read.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke at a panel with fellow Democrat lawmakers on the climate summit’s tenth day, which is focused on how women and girls fit into the climate fight
The firebrand lawmaker was a highly-anticipated presence at the summit, after sailing to an unprecedented electoral victory in 2018 on a largely environmentally-focused campaign
During her panel on Tuesday Ocasio-Cortez reminded her audience that she was on the ground with protesters standing against the now-defunct Keystone XL pipeline.
‘I think what we saw, throughout the uprisings during the Trump era, through the increased sophistication of mobilization of climate grassroots, was an alternative path, an alternative framework for how we pursue climate justice,’ she said.
She later added, ‘With the election of President Biden, who during his pursuit of election invited grassroots organizations to the table… we have seen the successful translation of that grassroots frame into federal policy.’
The framework has since been translated into Biden’s $1.75 trillion progressive-backed Build Back Better act, she said, which still includes funding for a Civilian Climate Corps plan that she and Senator Ed Markey unveiled in April.
Like many other parts of that bill however, it’s since been shrunk from a planned 1.5 million-strong workforce to about 300,000.
‘We’re seeing now, especially with the Build Back Better act before Congress, enormous, unprecedented amounts of spending in not just emissions drawdown, but investments in frontline communities,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.
‘And Congressman Neguse and I have worked very hard on advancing the Civilian Climate Corps, which is now successfully in the Build Back Better act, and we’ll seek to mobilize over 300,000 jobs for young people in emissions drawdown and environmental injustice,’ she finished without mentioning her original partner in the Senate.
Some people in the audience outside the panel room were snapping photos without quite knowing who she was
Summit officials issued a crowd capacity warning on their live blog the same day the lawmakers joined the event
Later on in the panel, a reporter asked whether the US has ‘fully recovered its moral authority in the fight against climate change’ after four years during which the Trump administration took a more hostile stance against global environmental cooperation.
‘No, we have not recovered our moral authority, but we are making steps’ she answered decisively. ‘We have to actually deliver the action in order to get the respect and authority nationally, to get the credit.’
‘When we pass the Build Back Better act, we will then absolutely become – and regain our position.’
At one point she appeared to take a jab at her moderate Democrat colleagues over their hesitation to support progressives’ measures.
‘The president very much has put very high stakes on getting this agenda through…even the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, as we know it took a very long time to get the votes in the House to get that, the votes were secured on a promise for the Build Back Better act and for a vote for the Build Back Better act,’ she said, despite being one of the six Democrats who voted ‘no’ on the bipartisan bill.
She said in passing the smaller bill and promising to vote on the other Democrats are staking their ‘credibility and ability to lead not just to the world but internally and domestically’
The lawmaker argued the moves ‘really dramatically increases the pressure and the momentum, especially when you have members willing to hold their own party accountable on that and call them on that.’
Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Times shortly after arriving in Glasgow that ‘We’re here to push.’
‘It’s time for us to re-examine our first-world and global governments, to re-examine their priorities about what is possible, and really try to push them on the boundaries of that,’ she said.
The firebrand lawmaker added that ‘it would be a dream’ to spend some time with those protesting outside the summit.
Earlier she called out a Republican lawmaker who shared a violent video depicting him killing her on Monday night after she and 22 other lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived at the summit in Glasgow.
AOC said it would be a ‘dream’ of hers to go speak to protesters outside in the streets of Glasgow
She received a warm reception, with activists and other young people flocking for a selfie
She revealed during her panel remarks that her planned Civilian Climate Corps is still part of Biden’s agenda – though its size has been cut significantly
Ocasio-Cortez, called it ‘creepy’ and claimed that ‘neo-Nazi fundraiser’ Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, 62, will ‘face no consequences’ because he was backed by the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. She also called him ‘a collection of wet toothpicks.’
The clip shows a sword-wielding character with Gosar’s superimposed face using a jetpack to soar onto a rooftop before attacking the young Democrat.
He slashes the New York liberal across the back of the neck, drawing a spray of blood, and then goes on to lunge toward President Joe Biden.
Meanwhile the Democrat firebrand and her colleagues landed in Scotland, courtesy of a government jet, to tout their legislative accomplishments in passing part of Biden’s agenda last week. They’re attending the event as it shifts focus to how climate change affects women and gender equality.
Pelosi spoke just hours after the group’s arrival.
She said they made up the largest collection of Congressional lawmakers to attend an international climate meeting.
‘We come here fresh from advancing the most ambitious and consequential climate and clean energy legislation of all time in our country,’ the California Democrat said as the room broke out in applause.
(From left to right) Nancy Pelosi sits alongside former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon at the United Nations climate summit
Pelosi took to the stage on Tuesday to tout the House’s advancement of Biden’s infrastructure, social and climate agendas
She said it was the largest Congressional delegation to attend a global climate summit
Late Friday night, Pelosi secured a compromise after months of gridlock that allowed a Senate-approved $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal to pass the House, along with a motion to vote on a larger progressive-backed social and climate spending bill next week.
Pelosi said both bills that make up Biden’s agenda acknowledge ‘the interconnectedness of climate change and gender justice, and enables women and girls to lead a just transition to a clean energy economy of the future.’
‘It also is an investment in our care economy – child care, family medical leave, its about home health care, universal pre-k – all the things that liberate women to play a more important role in our economy,’ she said.
Meanwhile Gosar is facing calls to resign after he posted the disturbing video of him killing Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter.
The clip, which had received more than 3 million views, has remained on Twitter despite the social media platform slapping it with a ‘hateful content’ warning on Monday.
AOC, 32, (pictured at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday) called it ‘creepy’ and claimed that Gosar, 62, will ‘face no consequences’ because he was backed by the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to his video from Scotland, where she’s attending a climate summit
Gosar’s character then drops down from the air to cut open AOC’s anime character
She’s slashed with a sword before Gosar jets away and later lunges toward President Joe Biden
Gosar’s violent tweet has since been deleted by Twitter for ‘violating rules about hateful content’
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: ‘So while I was en route to Glasgow, a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me. And he’ll face no consequences bc @GOPLeader cheers him on with excuses. Fun Monday! Well, back to work bc institutions don’t protect woc [women of color].’
‘This dude is a just a collection of wet toothpicks anyway,’ she added.
‘White supremacy is for extremely fragile people & sad men like him, whose self concept relies on the myth that he was born superior because deep down he knows he couldn’t open a pickle jar or read a whole book by himself.’
A Gosar staffer stood by the video last night, dismissing claims it glorifies violence.
‘Everyone needs to relax,’ Gosar’s digital director, Jessica Lycos, told The Washington Post.
‘Gosar can’t fly and he does not own any light sabers.’
Gosar, a close ally of QAnon lawmaker Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, has faced previous criticism for spreading conspiracy theories about the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill and for a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted about Greene and other lawmakers Monday night.
‘Remember when [Rep. Ted] Yoho accosted me on the the Capitol and called me a f—ing b—,’ she said. ‘Remember when Greene ran after me a few months ago screaming and reaching Remember when she stalked my office the 1st time w/ insurrectionists & ppl [sic] locked inside All at my job & nothing ever happens.’
Some Twitter users are calling for ‘lunatic’ Gosar to be removed from the platform – and booted from Congress.
‘Under [no] circumstances should his fantasies of killing people be swept away,’ tweeted @fred_guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed during a Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
‘We know he is a lunatic. America, we better vote in 2022 for Democrats or he will be in leadership.’
Democratic strategist Kaivan Shroff tweeted: ‘Republican @RepGosar has shared a photoshopped animated video that depicts him killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
‘Absolutely disgraceful. He should be removed from committee assignments just as Marjorie Taylor Greene was.’
One Twitter user called Gosar’s video ‘absolutely disgraceful’ and said he should be removed from committee assignments
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed during a Parkland, Florida, school shooting called Gosar a ‘lunatic’ and said he should be kicked out of Congress
User @DHStokyo said he doesn’t want ‘radicalized Republicans who get off on fantasies towards their colleagues’ anywhere near his government
Another Twitter user called @DHStokyo said: ‘I am here to say that I don’t want radicalized Republicans who get off on fantasies of violence towards their colleagues, nor their party leaders who ignore it, anywhere near my government.’
It’s no secret that Gosar, a staunch Donald Trump supporter, and Ocasio-Cortez with her socialist leanings don’t see eye-to-eye.
The politicians from the opposite sides of the political spectrum disagree on just about everything, from vaccine mandates and immigration to universal health care and the Capitol riots.
Ocasio-Cortez – who frequently draws the ire of right-leaning pundits and politicians – has previously detailed safety concerns related to her high-profile job.
She revealed in a 2019 Time magazine interview that enough people have threatened to kill her that her staff has been trained to evaluate visitors to her Capitol Hill office — even people who just leave Post-It notes on the plaque in the hallway.
Earlier this year, she recalled hiding in her office’s bathroom during the January 6 Capitol riots after hearing that someone was after her.
‘I just hear these yells of ‘Where is she? Where is she?’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘This was the moment where I thought everything was over. I thought I was going to die.’
The congresswoman then revealed it was a Capitol Police officer who was there to secure her office – but claimed that the cop ‘was looking at me with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.’
‘I didn’t know if he was there to help us or hurt us,’ she said.
She ended up sheltering in place in her colleague Rep. Katie Porter’s office.