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Conservatives at CPAC can’t stop talking about hamburgers

'They're trying to get rid of all the cows.'


David Covucci


Posted on Feb 28, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:03 pm CDT

Thursday marked the beginning of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where the greatest minds in right-leaning circles join to outline their hopes, goals, and dreams of conservatism in the coming year. And all they could talk about were hamburgers.

More specifically, GOP leaders discussed how they are the only thing stopping beef patties from disappearing from the planet.

The opening day of CPAC was focused on railing against the Green New Deal, the proposal by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that aims to curb the effect of climate change in the coming decades. One of the proposals in the plan is to curb America’s reliance on factory farming because the output of methane from cows is damaging to the environment.

The idea behind it is not to take away Americans’ hamburgers but to build a more sustainable food system that is less harmful to the environment. But that’s not what the geniuses at CPAC had to say.

Here’s Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) saying, “they’re trying to get rid of all the cows.”

That was followed up by Dr. Sebastian Gorka, former aide to President Donald Trump, who compared Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin and said she wanted to eliminate hamburgers.

All this came after conservatives pushed a picture of Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff eating a hamburger.

Conservatives thought it was a “gotcha” moment, despite the fact that nothing Ocasio-Cortez had said was centered on reducing emissions—not hamburgers.

Naturally, CPAC’s obsession got meme’d.

There are still three more days of CPAC.


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*First Published: Feb 28, 2019, 4:33 pm CST