Good news out of the non-scientific community Monday morning, as a former bartender turned Congresswoman turned prolific Tweeter reassured the American people that she was not being serious when she (very seriously) said we only have 12 years to live.
“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it. Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal. But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said.
This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it.
Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2019
But the freshman Congresswoman made that exact claim at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, where she was interviewed by Ta-Nahesi Coates.
“The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?” she said at the event.
It wasn’t just the GOP who took Ocasio-Cortez’s scare mongering seriously.
Several children being used as political pawns by their liberal parents stormed the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to demand action on climate change, and that the elderly Senator vote in favor of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.
“Some scientists have said that we have 12 years to turn this around,” one little gild told the Senator in the following video:
This is a fight for our generation's survival. Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress. pic.twitter.com/0zAkaxruMI
— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019
Failed U.S. Senate candidate and 2020 presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke repeated the claim on the campaign trail in March.
“The scientists are unanimous on this,” he said. “We have no more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action on this crisis.”
The Washington Post ran a headline that read “Ocasio-Cortez says the world will end in 12 years. She’s absolutely right.”
Apparently, O’Rourke, the kids, The Post, and the GOP all “have the social intelligence of a sea sponge.”
Or perhaps Ocasio-Cortez took a bad faith swipe at the GOP when she made her boneheaded climate change comments in the first place, and now she’s making a bad faith attempt to walk them back.
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Rand Paul Warns Third Party Will Rise if Republican Senators Vote with Democrats to Convict President Trump
The GOP is crumbling.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is warning that at least one-third of GOP senators will revolt and leave the party if Republicans join Democrats to convict the president.
This would potentially create the most viable third party in recent political history if Republican leadership is foolish enough to go down this path. Even though he refused to oppose the vote steal last week, Paul claims he and many of his colleagues intend to leave the party forever if the Senate goes through with impeachment.
“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said while appearing on FOX News on Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”
“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul added. “This isn’t about, anymore, about the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”
Paul made these responses after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly flirted with the idea of voting to convict President Trump.
“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.
Paul is putting McConnell and the rest of the GOP leadership on notice. This is the line in the sand as far as he is concerned.
“They will destroy the Republican Party. If leadership is complicit with an impeachment or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” Paul said.
“Like I say, I have opposed President Trump when I thought he was wrong, I’ve been for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency, and impeachment is purely a partisan thing,” he added.
The full segment with Paul and host Laura Ingraham can be seen here:
Big League Politics has reported on the division within the GOP since 10 Republican turncoats in the House join Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time:
Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, was one of ten GOP House members to vote “yes” on President Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Then when some were calling on Cheney to resign over her disgraceful vote, Dan Crenshaw, who voted against impeachment, quickly came to her defense and announced his “full support” for her.
“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”
“We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he added…
Cheney’s vote comes as no surprise. Big League Politics reported on her recent statement in support of Trump’s second impeachment, part of which read: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.” For this CNN laughably called her the “conscience of Republicans.”
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