Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) mocked Republican Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) on Tuesday after the lawmaker criticized her Green New Deal proposal and suggested the real solution to climate change is having more babies.
“You know where the solution can be found, Mr. President?” Lee asked of the stand-in for the Senate president pro tem. “In churches, in wedding chapels, in maternity wards across the country and around the world. Mr. President, this is the real solution to climate change: babies.”
The planet, Lee added, “does not need us to think globally so much as think family and act personally. The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution that we’re considering this week in the Senate but rather the serious business of human flourishing. The solution to so many of our problems at all times and in all places is to fall in love, get married and have some kids.”
In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said Lee’s assertion that a number of problems could be solved by “[falling] in love, [getting] married and [having] some kids” was proof that anyone was capable of running for Senate in America.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“But then they do things like this to clear it right up,” she added, referring to Lee’s speech. “If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything.”
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
To poke fun at the Green New Deal, Lee displayed a poster of President Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur while firing a machine gun. He said his point was that the Democrats’ plan to tackle climate change was as absurd as the poster he was showing.
“Critics might quibble with this depiction of the climactic battle of the cold war, because while awesome, in real life there was no climactic battle. There was no battle with or without velociraptors,” Lee said. “The Cold War, as we all know, was won without firing a shot.”
The Utah senator added that point underscores his message “because this image has as much to do with overcoming communism in the 20th Century as the Green New Deal has to do with overcoming climate change in the 21st.”