“Senator Feinstein never backed away from a fight for what was just and right. At the same time, she was always willing to work with anyone, even those she disagreed with, if it meant bettering the lives of Californians or the betterment of our nation," James Sauls, the late politician’s chief of staff said in a statement surrounding her passing.
Though her cause of death is still unknown (we can only imagine that someone merely opening a bag of Takis in her general vicinity served as the final nail in her coffin), the lawmaker proved just how much her advanced age impacted her views, telling off climate protesters concerned about the future of our planet — one she would decidedly not live to see.
In 2019, Feinstein faced off with a group of children and teenagers from climate advocacy group Sunrise Movement, launching into a condescending diatribe after one young demonstrator noted that “the government is supposed to be for the people, by the people, and all for the people.”
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I know what I’ve been doing,” the lawmaker snapped. “You come in here and say it has to be my way or the highway. I’ve gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality and I know what I’m doing. Maybe people should listen a little bit.”
This is how @SenFeinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution -- with smugness + disrespect.— Sunrise Movement (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019
This is a fight for our generation's survival. Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress. pic.twitter.com/0zAkaxruMI
Naturally, the protesters were less-than-pleased with her flexing her election stats rather than discussing the problem at hand.
“I hear what you’re saying, but we’re the people who voted for you, you’re supposed to listen to us,” added one demonstrator who later told Feinstein she was 16 years old.
“Well, you didn’t vote for me,” she fired back.
BREAKING: Dianne Feinstein Passes Away At Age 90, Will Continue To Serve As Senator— Headwound Allen Poe (@bombsfall) September 29, 2023
Though the late lawmaker may have taken a decidedly flippant approach to American youth boasting unreasonable demands like breathable air, clean water and a generally habitable planet, you’ve gotta hand it to her — at least she knew she’d be long dead before she faced the full impacts of her inaction.