Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting to work in Washington well ahead of her official swearing-in in January, and one of her first orders of business was to protest the woman slated to lead her party in the House.
The socialist darling from New York joined with the “Sunrise Movement” at Spirit of Justice Park near the Capitol Tuesday morning, before continuing on with the group to speak truth to power at Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office, according to The Intercept.
Young voters from around the country have filled @nancypelosi‘s office & hallway to submit their stories & demands for a #GreenNewDeal. Step Up or Step Aside. They told their stories, sang & then much to their glee someone showed up to show support & rally them on. @Ocasio2018 pic.twitter.com/mZ7NvNcwnA
— FL for Bernie (@Poli_NewSense) November 13, 2018
“Young voters from around the country have filled @nancypelosi’s office & hallway to submit their stories & demands for a #GreenNewDeal,” FL for Bernie posted to Twitter with photos from the protest.
Video shows Cortez receiving a rockstar welcome as she entered the office. She offered several high-fives to the occupiers popping a squat on the floor.
“Step Up or Step Adie,” FL for Bernie wrote. “They told their stories, sand & then much to their glee someone showed up to show support & rally them on. @Ocasio2018.”
— jordan (@JordanUhl) November 13, 2018
Pictures show Ocasio-Cortez high-fiving the sign-toting activists as they pumped their fists in the air and snapped pics.
The Young Terks’ Cenk Uygur posted a video of her visit.
“It’s amazing … It’s really incredible to see … that people are very serious about making sure that we address climate change, that we get to 100 percent renewables, with living wages, jobs and infrastructure for working class Americans,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I think it’s a preview of what’s to come for the engagement of everyday Americans,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez said she’d never been to Pelosi’s office until Tuesday, and she has a special message for her.
“I’m really working forward to us working together and delivering on everything we talked about on the campaign trail,” she said. “I know that she has the conviction to be a progressive leader and we need to support those objectives and we need to support the progressive agenda.”
She told reporters she wants to establish a select committee “that’s not compromised by corporate energy interests” to “explore and draft a plan for how we can get to 100 percent renewable energy as quickly as possible, ideally within 10 years.”
Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged to The Intercept that marching on her own House leader sets a combative tone heading into next year, but insisted it’s necessary to “get results.”
“The way things are done has not been getting results,” she said. “We have to try new methods.”
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez exchanged tit-for-tat comments about the impact of voters electing more progressive candidates during the general election, when Pelosi said voters “made a choice in one district” to elect Ocasio-Cortez over incumbent Democrat Joseph Crowley, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.
“Let’s not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that,” Pelosi chided those drawing deeper meaning from the upset. “We have an array of genders, generations, geography and … opinion, in our caucus, and we’re very proud of that.”
Ocasio-Cortez countered that “It’s not just one district” where voters elected socialists.
On Monday evening, Ocasio-Cortez was joined by other progressives including Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for an event with the Sunrise activists who stormed Pelosi’s office the next morning.
Pictures posted to Twitter show Ocasio-Cortez atop a table at the event preaching about the “Green New Deal” to the “#YoungandNaive summit.”
— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) November 13, 2018
“I’m gonna take the table,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “because we are busting down the doors.”