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.
Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others.
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
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
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.
"im not owned! im not owned!!" pic.twitter.com/9b74e6HDBK
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) March 26, 2019
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.
"im not owned! im not owned!!", i continue to insist as i slowly shrink and transform into a corn cob
— wint (@dril) November 11, 2011
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.”
i'm not owned! i'm not owned!! pic.twitter.com/EUELz1VeVB
— cursed-dem gillette-brand✌︎ (@kallllisti) August 3, 2017
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:
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.
— Queer Heads and Odd Bodies (@artboypolitico) March 27, 2019
"Dril roasts Mitch McConnell after McConnell accuses Ocasio of corncobbing" is a real sentence that I just said and I want to delete the internet
— Meredith #pluralgang (@b0undarybreaker) March 27, 2019
Whichever Mitch McConnell staffer used dril tweet for evil means should be sent to the Hague
— bed stuy guy (@DTenenbaum) March 27, 2019
McConnell's Twitter quoting dril to try to taunt AOC over the Green New Deal is one of the purest examples of the biggest guiding principle of the Republican party being "Own the libs!". It's platonic in its absurdity.
— Christopher Dole (@chrisdole86) March 26, 2019
— Alexandra Whitney (@iskandrah) March 27, 2019
Mitch McConnell just appropriated dril this is unacceptable https://t.co/TJFl3c5Dzt
— Cleuci de Oliveira (@CLEUCl) March 26, 2019
— pokey pup (@Whatapityonyou) March 27, 2019
— Pope of Chili Town (@Pope_Chili_Town) March 27, 2019