The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual conference that entertains the biggest conservative names in politics, is underway and one of the early headliners decided to go all-in on the nuttiness.
Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump adviser who had a White House gig during the beginning of the administration, told the crowd on Thursday morning that his political opponents “want to rebuild your home, they want to take away your hamburgers. This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved.”
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Former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka: "They want to take away your hamburgers. This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved."
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2019
Gorka was referring to a Green New Deal FAQ that was released suggesting that maybe Americans should cut back on meat consumption as it contributes to global warming.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has been one of the voices spearheading the Green New Deal, said in a recent interview that she’s definitely not suggesting that all Americans go vegan, but said, “It’s to say, ‘Listen, we’ve got to address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real.'”
But Republicans have found a red meat punchline on burgers and have continually preached some sort of burgerless-apocalypse to their base. At a press conference on Wednesday, some Republican lawmakers suggested that the Green New Deal would outlaw burgers.
— Natural Resources GOP (@NatResources) February 27, 2019
Gorka, in his trademark European accent, also told the crowd that they’re on the front line against communism. The idea that communism or socialism is sweeping the American political system has been a constant theme both in Republican talking points and at CPAC. That idea even made an appearance at the State of the Union where the president warned that socialism was on the domestic horizon.
But, Ocasio-Cortez has gained a lot of support for her Green New Deal and the policies that it’s built on. Almost every single Democratic candidate eyeing the 2020 election has endorsed the Green New Deal.
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