Last week, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced a sprawling blueprint of an environmental and economic overhaul that has gotten the support of numerous Democrats, including most of the candidates who have announced 2020 presidential runs.
However, after McConnell told the press that he would bring the Green New Deal to a vote, Markey took to Twitter to slam the decision.
“Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. 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,” Markey tweeted. “This isn't a new Republican trick. 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.”
That led to widespread mockery of Markey on social media.
Many also praised “Cocaine Mitch” -- a reference to the bizarre nickname former Senate primary rival Don Blankenship gave him in relation to a reported drug bust tied to his father-in-law's company -- for forcing Senate Democrats to be on the record in support for the progressive resolution.