Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal 'narratives are manipulated' by critics

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPolice say man trespassed into Ocasio-Cortez's office Police say man trespassed into Ocasio-Cortez's office Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment MORE (D-N.Y.), a progressive champion for fighting climate change who backs the Green New Deal, defended the proposal Thursday, accusing Republicans of using a manipulative narrative surrounding the plan to try to derail Democratic efforts in Congress. 

“I think it’s good to see how these narratives are manipulated because they’re trying to say that the Green New Deal is about what we have to give up, what we have to cut back on, when in fact the Green New Deal itself is resolution to be more expansive,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” 

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“It is to be able to generate more and to make sure that we’re investing in working-class Americans so that we all can afford to have more in life,” she added, referring to deal’s goal of investing in eco-friendly jobs to combat climate change and achieve an economy that relies on 100 percent renewable energy. 

The plan has attracted support from some 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, but has faced criticism from conservatives and skepticism from moderate Democrats over its scope and potential impact on the economy. Ocasio-Cortez introduced a resolution in the House last month outlining the goals of the Green New Deal. 

Republicans have seized upon an initial draft of the plan that included provisions about eliminating air travel, guesswork surrounding cows’ flatulence and economic security for those who are “unable or unwilling to work.” 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE has slammed the plan, comparing it to a “high school term paper that got a low mark.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s office has said that various doctored FAQ documents on the plan are circulating on the internet, and the draft it released was an unfinished draft that it had not intended to publish.