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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday attempted to force Democrats to stand behind the Green New Deal by trying to bring a resolution about to a floor vote.
Because it was widely viewed on the left as a political stunt—it wasn’t an actual bill that received a hearing and was guaranteed to fail thanks to a Republican majority in the Senate—most Democrats did not vote for it, choosing to vote “present” instead. Thus, the measure failed 0-57. But those on the right declared victory, having, they believed, showed that Democrats don’t support a massive plan of action to tackle climate change touted by some of their own. And right in their sight was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the freshman congresswoman who has made climate change one of her central issues in her short time in office.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on Twitter asked Ocasio-Cortez: “Why did Senate Dems just duck a vote” on the Green New Deal?
As Ocasio-Cortez responded, it wasn’t a real bill.
Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing.
The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change? https://t.co/de8oKOXeJf
To which McConnell decided to invoke one of the internet’s more famous phrases from one of its most beloved icons, Dril, along with a GIF of Ocasio-Cortez turning into a corncob: “im not owned! im not owned!!” McConnell’s Twitter wrote.
"im not owned! im not owned!!" pic.twitter.com/9b74e6HDBK— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) March 26, 2019
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The absurdist humor account of “Dril” is widely beloved online, and mostly apolitical, so the use of the pseudonymous tweeter’s famous phrase didn’t sit well with a Republican senator co-opting his slang.
The Venn diagram of people who get this reference and those who are fans of Mitch McConnell is just the absolute worst people in the world. https://t.co/hag17L7NHt— David Weiner (@daweiner) March 26, 2019
Mitch McConnell just appropriated dril this is unacceptable https://t.co/TJFl3c5Dzt— Cleuci de Oliveira (@CLEUCl) March 26, 2019
I guess McConnells plan to solve climate change is just to make everyone want to kill themselves. https://t.co/NwAwrj7ag1— Ordoliberal (@0rdoLiberalism) March 27, 2019
In fairness, some McConnell fans enjoyed it.
OMG... COCAINE MITCH! https://t.co/wT1Q5ZTybI— Greg (@three_two_zero) March 26, 2019
While Dril has not spoken about the Senate majority leader using his signature catchphrase, he has previously spoken out against people who don’t take action on climate change.
al gore conference on global warming..canceled by SNOW!! "Guh, BLugh Durr" says the dumb man, while he pees into his comically large diaper— wint (@dril) January 26, 2011
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