McConnell just tried to dunk on Ocasio-Cortez over his Green New Deal vote and it failed in humiliating fashion

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This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought the Democrats’ New Green Deal up for a pointless show vote in a spiteful attempt to sow disunity in the Democratic caucus and deepen the rift between progressives and their moderate opponents.

All Democrats voted “present” and the bill was defeated 0-57 as the Democrats refused to play along with McConnell’s little game and give him the optics victory he wanted.

The bill was originally championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who took to Twitter to reassure her followers that this wasn’t a betrayal of the Democratic dedication to confronting climate change but simply a refusal to play into the hands of Mitch McConnell, a man who has spent his entire career up to his eyeballs in fossil fuel money. 

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It is a very curious question as to why the nation’s most powerful legislative body refuses to take any kind of substantial action to respond to the oncoming ecological catastrophes that climate change is going to inflict on our nation and the world at large; the leader of said body made it clear just how little he cares about the looming crisis with a snarky response to the beloved Congresswoman’s tweet.

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The GIF of Ocasio-Cortez becoming a cob of corn and the text above it is a reference to a Weird Twitter classic tweet from legendary poster @dril, which sarcastically and surreally depicts the way in which a person who has been proved to be publicly wrong or is in the process of being mocked for their terrible opinions attempts to defend themselves but ultimately ends up digging themselves into a deeper hole.

The “corncob” meme was a popular device on leftist Twitter for a while in 2017 when they discovered you could gently make fun of people and elicit ridiculous reactions from them by Photoshopping them into a corncob, or replacing their eyebrows with corncobs in pictures, or changing pictures to have them eating or holding corn, which ultimately led to a ridiculous scene in which the President of the Center for American Progress furiously demanded that a random student at Ohio State denounce “the corncob.”

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Team Mitch McConnell is probably very proud that one of their interns managed to appropriate a two-year-old meme and correctly employ it in a shot at the undisputed Queen of Political Twitter, but made a crucial mistake in not anticipating the reaction of the meme’s creator, who made it quite clear how he felt about the use of his joke by a Republican with his response:

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The link to the tweet can be found here, but when rendered in WordPress the image is decidedly more graphic so we went with a screenshot.

Is this relevant to politics? No, not really.

Is it funny?

Yes, yes it is, and after the rough couple of days we’ve had everyone could use a good chuckle.

The rest of the internet quickly piled on, disgusted to see someone like Mitch McConnell make such a mockery out of what is a very serious issue that the literal future of human civilization as we know it rests upon.

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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