The Washington Post's Robert Costa tweeted Tuesday morning: "McConnell is considering taking up the green new deal for a vote in the Senate as a way to rattle Sen Dems, per a McConnell aide here at the [Capitol]".
"You know, this insane senator from Hawaii, they said, 'Do you like it?' and she said, 'Yes, I like it very much, '" Trump said, referring to the so-called Green New Deal.
However, after walking through the contents of the Green New Deal, their tune quickly shifted.
It's being pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat from NY who has captured the enthusiasm of the left wing.
The Green New Deal itself has become the subject of mockery online as conservatives lampooed Ocasio-Cortez for a communications rollout guide, produced by her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, that argued for a range of environmental remedies including phasing out all air travel and eliminating "farting cows" from USA agriculture. It also said the goal was "net-zero" rather than "zero" greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years because "we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast". It also calls for upgrading all existing buildings to be energy-efficient.
Republicans view the proposal to transition to clean energy as a winning wedge issue in the 2020 elections. "They have offered no plan to address this economic and national security threat and want to sabotage any effort that makes Big Oil and corporate polluters pay".
Wanting to know if the same people who support the New Green Deal would still support it after hearing what was actually in it, Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips headed to the University of Miami to find out.
The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called the Green New Deal a "green dream" and some Democrats in fossil fuel-dependent or rural districts have stayed quiet on their position.
"To me, this is just so extreme", said John Barrasso of Wyoming.