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Bloomberg takes swipe at Ocasio-Cortez, suggests ‘Green New Deal’ not ‘realistic’

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Tuesday took aim not only at President Trump, but also at some of his potential rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination and progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, during a stop in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

Speaking with reporters following a tour of a manufacturing plant in Nashua, Bloomberg criticized the “Green New Deal,” a bill being pushed by Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers that would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption.

“You have to have realistic things; we are not overnight going to change everything we do,” Bloomberg said. “People aren’t going to overnight give up their jobs if those jobs happen not to be on the side of the Green New Deal.”