Incoming Dem lawmaker fires back at Trump’s former economic adviser: ‘No Gary, YOU don’t know what’s coming’
Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Thursday shot back at former Goldman Sachs CEO Gary Cohn for comments he made while addressing new members of Congress at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
Tlaib said on Twitter that Cohn told incoming lawmakers: “You guys are way over your head, you don’t know how the game is played.”
“No Gary, YOU don’t know what’s coming – a revolutionary Congress that puts people over profits,” Tlaib tweeted.
Gary Cohen, former CEO Goldman Sachs addressing new members of Congress today: “You guys are way over your head, you don’t know how the game is played.”
No Gary, YOU don’t know what’s coming – a revolutionary Congress that puts people over profits. https://t.co/ZLML2qzAW6
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) December 6, 2018
The orientation at Harvard has been dubbed by the university as an event where newly elected lawmakers can “learn practical skills of lawmaking just one month prior to taking the oath of office.”
In addition to Cohn, speakers included Mary Barra, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, and Arthur Brooks, president of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute.
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) voiced criticism of the event on Thursday, saying their were several corporate CEOs but no labor leaders in attendance.
Right now Freshman members of Congress are at a “Bipartisan” orientation w/ briefings on issues.
Invited panelists offer insights to inform new Congressmembers‘ views as they prepare to legislate.
# of Corporate CEOs we’ve listened to here: 4
# of Labor leaders: 0
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 6, 2018
Tlaib, a former Michigan state representative, defeated five other candidates in Michigan’s Democratic primary earlier this year and ran unopposed in November. She has championed policy efforts such as “Medicare for all” and a $15 minimum wage.