Democrats are panicking after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Republicans intend to allow a vote on the Democrats' massive government takeover, known as the "Green New Deal."
"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal," McConnell said. "And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal."
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, who jointly introduced the Green New Deal last week with socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, claimed that McConnell allowing a vote on the bill was Republicans' way of secretly "sabotaging" it.
"Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building," Markey tweeted. "He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning."
"This isn't a new Republican trick," Markey continued. "By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it."
The Green New Deal was widely mocked the moment Ocasio-Cortez and her team published details about the proposal, which Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl estimated could cost up to approximately $100 trillion.
"I have been costing out legislative proposals for 18 years," Riedl continued. "This stuff cannot even be costed out. It's basically incalculable."
Markey's description of McConnell's decision to allow the Green New Deal to be voted on as being a form of "sabotage" led to widespread mockery online.
"Climate Change is an existential threat to humanity and our way of life," Stephen Miller tweeted. "We have put forward our plan to save global humanity & Mitch McConnell is sabotaging it by putting it to a vote publish tweet."
"I really don't think McConnell is even attempted to fool anyone here," Jamie Weinstein tweeted.
"A Democrat is mad at McConnell for allowing a vote on a bill that was literally proposed by Democrats," Jason Howerton tweeted. "Cocaine Mitch really earned his title with this play."
"McConnell wants to silence Democrats by asking them to pass the bill they support," Jason Rantz tweeted. "Only, it's not actually a bill -- just a vague, inspirational memo of sorts (and FAQs that were deleted and replaced when they were mocked). And most Dems don't support it."
"What's wrong with rushing?" David Martosko tweeted. "AOC tells us it's urgent."
"Don't let Ed Markey or @AOC fool you: the Green New Deal is nothing but an embrace of central planning at the expense of individual liberty," Cam Edwards tweeted. "It's not about climate change. It's about a change in the relationship between the American citizen and the State."
"This is vintage Markey," Doug Heye tweeted. "Like in 2003 when he demanded a hearing on his ANWR bill, but refused to show up at the hearing Resources held in ANWR, then declared the issue dead, only to bring up the bill a few weeks later."
"Old and busted: We have to pass the bill to see what's in it," Caleb Howe tweeted. "New hotness: Voting on passing the bill sabotages what's in it."
"Wait -- Mitch McConnell is sabotaging your movement by putting your marquee piece of legislation on the Senate floor for a vote?" David Martosko added. "Okey dokey."
"I'm confused," Brian Riedl tweeted. "Sen. Markey introduced legislation, yet he is opposed to voting on it? He says allowing the Senate to vote on his own legislation would 'sabotage' it and 'silence voices?' Is this the Bizarro World?"