Do you know what Ronald Regan on a Velociraptor, Luke Skywalker on a Tauntaun, and Aquaman have to do with the Green New Deal?
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) doesn’t, either, but he gives it a shot in a bizarre 14 minute speech on the senate floor.
“I rise today to consider the Green New Deal, with the seriousness it deserves,” said Lee, who then proceeded to unveil a series of cringe-worthy visual aids, including a graphic of Ronald Regan riding a velociraptor, holding a machine gun, in front of a tattered American flag. Pop culture is cool, kids!
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 26, 2019
Lee’s point was that the Green New Deal is unrealistic and poorly thought out, so he was approaching it with “the seriousness it deserves.” He tried to prove this by way of one prolonged dad joke. The result was hilarious, but probably not for the reasons Lee intended.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—sponsor and fervent supporter of the Green New Deal—once again proved her social media prowess by promptly owning him.
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
Others were just as flummoxed as Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez.
This is what happens when you hit happy hour on Tequila Tuesdays before the big presentation.
— WhiskeyWithMetal (@metalfuel) March 26, 2019
How can normal well-adjusted Americans not look at the Republicans and think, “what the fuck is wrong with these people, and why the hell would anyone vote for them?”
— [Harm to Ongoing Matter] (@RBrindisi12) March 26, 2019
So either the Green New Deal saves the planet from harmful climate change or it gives us big animals to ride…. I call dibs on the historically inaccurate velociraptor.
— Pʜᴏᴇɴɪx 🔥 (@greymalkin117) March 26, 2019
Note no feathers, that's how you know it's a God-fearing, Biblical velociraptor and not something some heathen scientist came up with!
— Mister Creebeeks (@bogglesnatch) March 26, 2019
Playing to a silent senate floor, Lee’s attempts to lampoon the Green New Deal made him seem painfully out of touch and puerile. “In a future without air travel, how are we supposed to get around the vast expanses of, say, Alaska, during the winter? I’ll tell you how. Tauntauns, Mr. President.”
“Not only are Tauntauns carbon-neutral,” Lee continued, “but according to a report a long time ago and issued far, far away, they may even be fully recyclable and usable for their warmth on a cold night.”
The look on his staffer's face as he unveils the Reagan-fires-machine gun-on-velociraptor picture is *chef kisses fingers* pic.twitter.com/n8gfhAEmdp
— Christian Schneider (@Schneider_CM) March 26, 2019
V CRAY things that Mike Lee presented on the Senate floor just now against the Green New Deal:
– Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor that’s holding a tattered American flag
– Aquaman and his sea horse
– a scene from Sharknado 4
IT’S ONLY TUESDAY
— Maureen “Mo” Elinzano (@Princess__Mo) March 26, 2019
We have to have a long talk about Sen. Mike Lee’s sanity, and the sanity of those that voted for him. Because he really thought THIS was it.
— i_Dono (@8LeggdDon) March 26, 2019
“In conclusion, Reagan and a velociraptor. Babies also. I piss on your secular humanism. There will be flag cookies in the lounge. Good day.” pic.twitter.com/rCfbf1UWLK
— Abe “Bastard Keith” Goldfarb (@AbeGoldfarb) March 26, 2019
The Green New Deal—despite being a non-binding resolution, not a bill that could turn into law—is one of the most controversial initiatives in both houses of Congress. While economists and environmental experts alike, the initiative has been almost unanimously lambasted by Republicans—usually with more credible-sounding critiques than those presented by Senator Lee.
It’s certainly hard not to feel sorry for the guy—but not as hard as it is to take him seriously.