Earlier today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) gave one of the most embarrassing performances in recent political history when he stood up on the floor of the Senate and tried to tear apart the “Green New Deal” that some progressive Democrats — most notably Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — have been pushing.
Claiming that he was going to consider the Green New Deal with the “seriousness it deserves,” Lee presented a series of absurd cartoon images and memes, utterly beclowning himself in the process and ramming home once again how unwilling and unequipped the GOP is to deal with the existential threat of global climate change.
At one point he made the completely nonsensical assertion that the real solution to climate change is having more babies because more humans would mean more human ingenuity to combat climate change. Of course, this is a completely nonserious proposal because more humans could actually make climate change worse as a larger population would create more demand for fossil fuels and other emission-creating industries.
The only real way to save our planet is to unleash America and the rest of the world’s clean energy potential and cut down our reliance on oil. Republicans have no interest in these realistic solutions because they are so deeply sunk into the greasy pockets of the fossil fuel lobby.
There’s one serious proposal in Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) absurd remarks on climate change. Can you guess which? pic.twitter.com/emClGwM9eF
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) March 26, 2019
Now, Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at Lee for his bad faith mockery of the Green New Deal. She started by conceding that she sometimes suffers from imposter syndrome, during which she doubts her own abilities and her qualifications, but then she is reminded that there are people out there like Mike Lee who are truly incapable of discharging their responsibilities.
“If this guy can be a Senator, you can do anything,” she ended the tweet. The brutal attack is exactly what Lee deserves after his shameful speech and perhaps now he will think twice before giving another one of his deeply ignorant rants.
Like many other women + working people, I occasionally suffer from impostor syndrome: those small moments, especially on hard days, where you wonder if the haters are right.
But then they do things like this to clear it right up.
If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything. https://t.co/vU4ChbTnnr
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
Check out Lee’s entire embarrassing speech below.