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While some Democrats have avoided outright backing the Green New Deal and Republicans have called it a Fyre Fest-style scam, proponent Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is trying to drum up support in the language the internet knows best: SpongeBob memes.
On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted “#GreenNewDeal hater’s plan to address climate change” along with a picture of a glass dome of air underwater that millennials will no doubt recognize from the Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants. In short, there is no sort of preventative plan.
Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the deal back in February. It outlines a vigorous plan of attack to prevent climate change from proliferating and reversing the damage it’s already caused, as well as proposals to create jobs and reduce income equality.
While polls have shown most Americans agree with the deal’s tenets, some key Democrats have wavered, calling it simply a “suggestion” of policy or offering their own alternatives. Since younger, progressive legislators have been some of the deal’s most vocal supporters, the divide represents a much larger split in Democratic party politics along generational lines.
The vehement response of support from Twitter users seems to only support this theory. While some users mocked the Republican party for not taking the threat of climate change seriously, many also called out Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for failing to establish a firmer party stance.
GOP : This is fine. pic.twitter.com/A9LIl9G2ds— PostimusMaximus (@PostimusMaximus) March 19, 2019
That and let their grandchildren, who they apparently don’t care about, deal with it.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 19, 2019
Our future generations will look back and ask, “how the hell were our Republican ancestors so dumb?”— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 19, 2019
Nancy has a stocked bunker on her vineyard, so she’s set pic.twitter.com/V8ffX46iab— Bern Capitalism🌹 (@planetinchaos) March 19, 2019
Of course, a few users responded back with memes of their own deriding Ocasio-Cortez. But the senator has previously established that her haters’ meme game is “so weak.”
Alyse Stanley is a video game and culture reporter based in Virginia with words at Polygon and USGamer. When she’s not writing about memes, she edits Unwinnable’s monthly magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @pithyalyse.