Failed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke praised the Green New Deal on Monday, despite the widespread mockery of the socialist proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“I’m really excited about the leadership there to meet our commitment to the generations that follow,” O’Rourke told BuzzFeed. “It is the best proposal that I’ve seen to ensure that this planet does not warm another two degrees Celsius, after which we may lose the ability to live in places like El Paso.”
O’Rourke spoke to BuzzFeed as he marched in protest of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall.
He praised the “specific goal” of the plan to reduce carbon emissions but stopped short of fully endorsing the plan.
“The piece of the plan that matters the most to me is reducing our carbon emissions so that the generations that follow ours can call this place home,” he said. “In that sense, the very ambitious, specific goal of what we have to do over the next 10 years, I think is very specific.”
But President Trump ridiculed the plan’s talking points during his Monday rally in El Paso, suggesting that it sounded like a low graded “high school term paper.”
“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car or taking away your airplane flights. Or ‘Let’s hop a train to California,’” Trump said. “You are not allowed to own cows anymore? There are a lot of problems.”
Despite losing his midterm challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, O’Rourke is considering a run for president and has promised to make a decision by February.