Fox News host knocks Ocasio-Cortez for comments on people not having children due to climate change

“Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth on Tuesday dismissed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAn affordable zero-emissions grid needs new nuclear Recovery First: The American comeback shouldn't hinge on warmed-over policy agendas Ocasio-Cortez blames 'political power' of police for lack of accountability following George Floyd's death MORE’s (D-N.Y.) remarks about the advisability of having children in the age of climate change.

Hegseth made the comments in during a segment discussing the estimated costs of Ocasio-Cortez's “Green New Deal.”


“It’s like your kid spewing nonsense at you and you're like ‘quiet, quiet, learn something before you come back to me,’ ” Hegseth said dismissing the comments from the 29-year-old freshman Democrat.

He added that Democratic lawmakers are “just letting [Ocasio-Cortez] go.”

In an Instagram post over the weekend, Ocasio-Cortez said, “There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?”

"We had time when I was born, but — ticktock — nothing got done. As the youngest member of Congress, I wish we didn’t have 12 years. It’s our lungs that are going to get choked with wildfire smoke. ... Climate delayers are the new climate deniers," she continued, speaking to her 2.5 million  Instagram followers. 

Before Hegseth’s comments, “Fox & Friends” aired a clip of Ocasio-Cortez's Instagram post.

The prominent Fox News show has consistently targeted Ocasio-Cortez over her liberal policies, most recently citing her decision to increase staff pay as an example of communism and socialism.

Climate change is a key focus for the New York congresswoman who labels herself a democratic socialist. The issue has also become a key initiative for a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

The Green New Deal movement has been pushed in large part by the youth activist group the Sunrise Movement that lead a protest on Monday inside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office to try and get him on board with the initiative.