President Donald Trump finally weighed in on the "Green New Deal" over the weekend, offering a surprising — yet, very Trump-like — reaction to the controversial legislation.
What did Trump say?
Trump stressed how "very important" it is that Democrats "press forward" with the proposal.
Is Trump actually praising the Green New Deal? Almost certainly not.
Instead, mockery and sarcasm permeate Trump's response. Because of the controversy the proposal has generated — people see the Green New Deal as lauding further government encroachment in their lives through socialist policies — Trump believes that if Democrats press forward with the proposal, then Republicans will reap the positive benefits of backlash against Democrats.
Indeed, Trump's sarcasm is cemented by his comment that eliminating "all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military — even if no other country would do the same" would be "brilliant."
What is the Green New Deal?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) jointly introduced the deal to their respective congressional chambers last week.
The deal prioritizes upgrading all U.S. infrastructure to save the environment, including:
- Having the country "upgrade or replace every building in U.S. for state-of-the-art energy efficiency"
- A total overhaul of transportation through electric vehicles, high-speed rails at a "scale where air travel stops becoming necessary," and affordable public transit with the "goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle"
- Guaranteeing economic prosperity for every American, including "all who are unable or unwilling to work"
The proposal would cost trillions. In fact, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey even admit that "if every billionaire and company came together and were willing to pour all the resources at their disposal into this investment, the aggregate value of the investments they could make would not be sufficient."
Despite the proposal's absurdity, Democrats running for their party's 2020 presidential nomination have already lined up to endorse the legislation.