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Mitch McConnell uses a classic Dril meme to attack Ocasio-Cortez

Dril has yet to address the matter.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 27, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 4:13 pm CDT

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.

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.


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.



In fairness, some McConnell fans enjoyed it.

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.


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*First Published: Mar 27, 2019, 9:18 am CDT