If the Republican Party had released a manifesto as absurd as the Green New Deal, the mainstream media would have had an absolute field day. SNL would have turned the bill into a star-studded skit, every late-night talk show host on the circuit would have built their monologues around it, and CNN would have had round-the-clock coverage of the insane details hidden within Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s signature policy. Literally, this would have been the news event of the winter, and the merriment and mockery would have gone on for weeks.
Instead, the media has largely ignored the more ridiculous aspects of the bill and has indeed helped Ocasio-Cortez and her buddies, who retracted the details and have tried their best to pretend that their bill didn’t actually say…what it actually said.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) noticed this and called out the media for their “complicit” scheme.
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday, Cotton said the media should be ashamed of themselves for burying details of the Green New Deal. Those details, which include a total eradication of the combustion engine (cars, boats, planes, etc.) within ten years, have been disavowed by Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow socialists, but the fact remains that they were right there in the original proposal.
“I understand the Democrats that proposed this immediately tried to retract that white paper that went along with their resolution,” Cotton said. “And too many people in the media have been complicit in the Stalin-like or 1984 technique of disappearing it, sending it down the memory hole.”
Cotton said that the Democratic candidates for president who endorsed the deal should have to answer for the bill’s inanities.
“I mean, Hugh, it’s pretty remarkable that when these Democrats put out the Green New Deal last week that you had many Democrats running for president leap onto a proposal that was going to confiscate every privately owned vehicle in America within a decade and ban air travel so we could all drive or ride around on high-speed light rail, supposedly powered by unicorn tears,” he said.
But Cotton didn’t believe that their endorsement was a mistake.
“But this is where their heart lies,” he said. “They believe that Americans driving around in trucks on farms, or commuting from the suburbs where they can have a decent home into the city to work are a fundamental threat to the world, and they have to have the power and the control of those Americans’ lives to implement their radical vision for humanity.”