Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, known affectionately by the GOP base as “Cocaine Mitch,” vowed Monday that so long as he remains in control of the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, none of the Democrat Party’s radical socialist agenda will ever make it into law.
“If I’m still the majority leader of the Senate, think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass. None of it,” he said while speaking with local leaders at an event in Owensboro, Kentucky.
He made the remarks while speaking about socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” which he brought up for a vote late last month.
— Mike Pickett (@mikepickett257) April 22, 2019
While some have argued that he’d brought the radical bill up for a vote to troll the Democrats, what he said in Owensboro suggested that the real purpose of the vote had been to gauge how many of AOC’s peers in the Senate share her radicalism. He argued Monday that many do.
“I don’t want you to think it’s just a 28-year-old congresswoman from New York,” he explained at the event. “This is much broader than that. I’ve got five colleagues in the Senate, five colleagues running for president, who have signed on to the Green New Deal and Medicare For All.”
“I don’t want you to think this is just a couple of nutcases running around on the fringe. This is pervasive policy view on the other side. … Are we going to turn this into a socialist country? Don’t assume it cannot happen,” he added, before delivering his “Grim Reaper” remark.
McConnell, speaking in Owensboro, argues that socialism is “pervasive” among Dems. “I don’t want you to think this is a couple of nutcases running around the fringe.” He says if he’s reelected and is majority leader: “Think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that is going to pass.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 22, 2019
He continued by noting that if Republicans win back the house or President Donald Trump wins reelection in 2020, “that takes care of it.” But in case Republicans and/or the president lose, he intends to use his power as majority leader to block any and all radical policy proposals.
“I guarantee you that if I’m the last man standing and I’m still the majority leader, it ain’t happening. I can promise you,” he reportedly said.
If Republicans also lose the Senate, however, then that’s a different story …
Dovetailing back to his remarks about the unquenched thirst for socialism among Democrats being “much broader than” most realize, he was completely correct. Every major Democrat presidential candidate has co-sponsored or spoken out in support of Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist vision for America.
As a reminder, her “Green New Deal” calls for redesigning America from top to bottom and creating a utopia where everybody is guaranteed a job, in addition to free education, free healthcare, free housing, etc. The plan also calls for eliminating combustion-engine vehicles, airplanes, fossil fuel energy, nuclear energy, farting cows, meat and everything else that makes America great.
I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal proposal. We must address the existential crisis of planetary climate change, while at the same time creating millions of good-paying jobs in our country. pic.twitter.com/ErH0Vrvj2V
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 8, 2019
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 7, 2019
“We’re gonna say no to subsidizing big oil and say yes to passing a Green New Deal.” #Julian2020
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 12, 2019
Aligned and on board
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) January 10, 2019
The Green New Deal is a bold plan to shift our country to 100% clean and renewable energy. We do not fight this fight for our generation alone but for generations to come.https://t.co/Mzi2Y2LZg0
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 8, 2019
I’m calling for a Green New Deal that will break the fossil fuel industry’s stranglehold on our political system, invest in clean energy and green jobs and transition America to a carbon-free economy. Join our fight by signing our petition today!
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) February 22, 2019
Two months ago Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker urged all Americans to embrace AOC’s GND because it’s equivalent to fighting Nazis during World War II.
“There’s a lot of people now that are blowing back on the Green New Deal. They’re like, ‘Oh, it’s impractical! Oh, it’s too expensive! Oh, it’s all of this!’ If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon,” he said at a campaign event at the time.
“We need to be bold again in America. We need to have dreams that other people say are impossible. When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazi and totalitarian regimes? We came forward.”
Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kristen Gillibrand has meanwhile described AOC’s unrealistic goal of eliminating all carbon emissions in ten years as “aspirational.”
The only candidate who doesn’t appear to have said anything about the GND yet is former Vice President Joe Biden, who many expect stands the highest chance of actually winning the Democrat nomination. As of Tuesday, April 23, the former VP hadn’t yet announced his candidacy.
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