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‘Beyond Parody’—Marjorie Taylor Greene Brought A Scooby-Doo Meme Meme To A Speech

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Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is taking time out from making CrossFit videos and spreading COVID vaccine hesitancy in favor of sharing some memes on the floor of the House of Representatives, flexing her climate-denial muscles with a little help from Fred. The congresswoman revealed a meme that she assured the House is “very real” on the internet, showing the Scooby-Doo character taking off the “mask” labeled “Green New Deal” to expose the sickle and hammer symbol beneath, which she referred to as “China.”

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“This is a simple meme you would find on the internet but this meme is very real,” she said. “The Greene New Deal, surprise, is, serves China, and China only.”

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She then directed her assistant to “go ahead and put number one up,” prompting him to replace the Scooby-Doo meme with another featuring the face of Chinese President Xi Jinping that seemed to reveal more about the Republican motivation for wanting to stay in Afghanistan than she meant to.

“I own Joe Biden,” it reads. “And now I own Afghanistan’s lithium deposits.”

The stunt was not taken well by many who consider the topic of climate change to be a very serious one following a summer of record-shattering natural disasters and a U.N. climate report showing that we’re on track for 2.7 degrees in total warming. This is close to double the 1.5 degree goal set by the U.N., which still would result in mass death and displacement around the world, as we can already see happening at 1.2 degrees warming.

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Attacking the Green New Deal, a piece of legislation meant to be a conversation starter and has never seen a real attempt to pass it by either party, is the go-to move for Greene and other Republicans any time the topic of climate change comes up. The topic has been one of the main focuses of the U.N. General Assembly, currently taking place in New York. Democratic Representative Adam Kinzinger condemned Greene for her memes, complaining that congress can no longer be taken seriously thanks to Republicans like her.

“Congress is no longer serious with people like this,” he tweeted.

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Many members of the public had a similar reaction, complaining about the existential exhaustion that comes with being a regular person vulnerable to and anxious about climate change and having to see an actual member of congress dismissing the problem with memes.

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