According to the latest line of attack launched by some conservatives, supporters of the Green New Deal are waging war against one of the noblest and most valuable national institutions: the hamburger.
"They want to pick up your van. They want to rebuild your house. They want to take away your hamburgers, "said Thursday the former White House aide, Sebastian Gorka, at the conservative political action conference. "That's what Stalin dreamed about but never realized."
In fact, Joseph Stalin was unambiguous for the hamburger: in the 1930s, he sent his food supplies commissioner to a research mission to the United States, which resulted in the popularization of kotleti, a Soviet scam of the classic burger ground beef throughout Russia.
In addition, and even more relevant today, none of the Democrats who support the Green New Deal, which seeks to radically reorganize the US economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has actually proposed to ban the consumption of beef or seize vans. But the hyperbole of Gorka – who was greeted by songs of "U-S-A! USA! "- demonstrated how Republicans have transformed the recommendations of environmentalists who advocated eating less meat into a total cultural war in which nothing less than American freedom is at stake. First, they came for your weapons, the argument goes, and now they come for your sausage links.
The Conservatives have been preparing for this battle for several years already: The Daily Beast notes that far right plot theorist Alex Jones tried to provoke President Barack Obama by posing for photos with a raw meat platter in 2016, while there is no particular reason for Obama, who also eats meat, would be bothered by the sight of uncooked steaks. But the situation has warmed over the past month, thanks to the introduction of the Green New Deal.
Blame it on the farting cows. The now infamous quote appeared in a retracted form since the office of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) issued early February, indicating that the resolution's authors were aiming to achieve net net issuance, instead zero emissions, in 10 years "because we are not sure we can get rid of animals and planes as soon as possible." Ocasio-Cortez spokesman told the Washington Post that remark was clearly intended to be ironic, but it was too late: President Trump and the right-wing media were already declaring that the Green New Deal was going to completely eliminate cows and planes.
In fact, the resolution calls on the government to work with farmers to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions "as much as technology permits." And for the record, while cows are responsible for a surprisingly high percentage of methane that According to an expert quoted by Washington Post's Fact Checker, gases released into the atmosphere are mostly burps, rather than farts .
When it appeared in "Desus & Mero" at Showtime last week, Ocasio-Cortez again made it clear that no one would be forced to become vegan in the Green New Deal. But there was a legitimate need to "attack industrial farming," added the new Congressman. "Maybe we should not eat a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner," she said. "Like, let's keep it real."
His suggestion that Americans might not need to eat burgers at every meal was as good as expected.
"REPRESENTATIVE OCASIO-CORTEZ RECOMMENDS AMERICANS TO EAT LESS HAMBURGATE," launched a headline title in the Daily Caller the following day, provoking a predictable, indignant response in a response that has garnered thousands of tastes and retweets on Twitter, a man whose biography describes him as a limited government supporter responded with the photo of a gigantic burger consisting of at least 10 beef patties superimposed between two slices of American cheese fondue and frozen and topped with a dozen strips of scintillating bacon. "My lunch," he wrote, adding that it had been designed to hunt Ocasio-Cortez. Reddit users later discovered that the photo had been removed from Pinterest.
On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez was spotted having dinner at a Washington restaurant. Her chief of staff, who was sitting next to her, ordered what looked like a hamburger. Naturally, the photographs immediately became viral. "Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) was caught in the act of hypocrisy," LifeZette's curatorial website said. "She was photographed with her chef de cabinet eating a few hamburger just days after telling Americans that they had to eliminate the cows from their own diet. "
On Wednesday, the idea that Democrats were planning to end a Central American tradition had shifted from an Internet message to a topic of debate for Congress members. Republican Members of the House Natural Resources Committee chopped on burgers at a press conference criticizing the Green New Deal, on Twitter Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Stated that the resolution "would ban hamburgers", would put an end to air travel and outlawed cars.
The next day, while he was speaking to CPAC, Rep. Mark Meadows (NC) to joke that the Green New Deal would be at least beneficial for the Chick-fil-A stock, since by getting rid of all the cows, people would eat a lot more chicken. All of this adds to the base's red meat – and to all Americans who love hamburgers.
Harry Cheadle, vice vice-president, wrote Thursday that the vice-president of the United Kingdom said the ban on hamburgers could become an effective tactic because they attract a host of reports while forcing Democrats to put themselves on the defensive and explain that ban ground beef. Plus, it's an easy argument: People may not want to read a critique of the Green New Deal, based on facts, but they like their hamburgers.
It may not be by chance that the Congress wars against hamburgers are heating up at a time when Republican lawmakers in state legislatures are trying to crack down on the way meat and dairy products are marketed at home. consumers.
Last August, Missouri became the first state to ban the labeling of herbal meat substitutes with terms such as "ground beef crumbles" or "soy turkey slices", which would require a significant number of companies to change packaging or withdraw their products. grocery shelves. The law must however come into force: it was blocked by a lawsuit brought by the Tofurky meat forgery company, the Missouri Civil Liberties Union and other people who argue that It violates the First Amendment.
While it is unclear whether Missouri's labeling law will stand the test of justice, similar projects have been presented this year in South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona. Proponents, including pressure groups in the livestock and pork industries, argue that terms like "vegan sausage" are misleading and confusing for consumers.
"All I'm saying, is when you use simple words like" milk ", we should know what it's all about," explained at a hearing Wednesday David Cook, representative Republican state Arizona and cattle rancher. . "Almonds do not lactate."
Opponents, who disagree that anyone can be confused about the provenance of tofu dogs, claim that this amounts to censorship. The ACLU of Missouri has called the state's law a "brazen attempt to stifle the growing category of herbal meat."
At CPAC, however, Gorka's defense of hamburgers focused on what he described as the threat of socialism. The Green New Deal, he said, was like a watermelon: "Green on the outside, Communist one deep red inside".
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