A giant, delicious-looking burger became famous this week after it was chewed by the jaws of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ (D-N.Y.) chief of staff as he sat right next to her at a recent dinner.
The young socialist congresswoman was originally mocked when a line about the need “to fully get rid of farting cows” was left in a FAQ for her Green New Deal, which proposes so many vast and extremely expensive changes for America in the next decade that it’s the stuff of poorly written science fiction. She reiterated that point by making a goal of forcing farms and ranches to be “greenhouse gas free.”
The socialist congresswoman tried to explain that away but made things worse, insisting that “it’s not to say you get rid of agriculture. It’s not to say we’re going to force everybody to go vegan or anything crazy like that. But 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.”
Then a journalist shared a photo someone took of Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff chowing down on a big burger at a shared dinner, and it went viral.
Ocasio-Cortez has suggested before that she thinks the world will end in 12 years if we don’t do something drastic and more recently accused fellow Democrats of “producing watered-down proposals that are frankly going to kill us.” She’s made it clear that desperate measures need to be taken very, very soon.
And that’s why she got hit with so much backlash over the burger photo. After the image went viral, the congresswoman defended herself simply by attacking the photo-taker as creepy.
But now the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are criticizing Ocasio-Cortez for being hypocritical and not doing enough to combat climate change in her own life.
According to the Washington Examiner, PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said, “It may be an inconvenient truth to some, but when animal agriculture is a bigger contributor to climate change than all the world's transportation systems combined, climate justice advocates have a duty to go vegan.”
That means you, AOC.
Reiman added: “Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has laudable, ambitious goals, and PETA encourages her to take a fresh look at the evidence and make sure that meat, dairy, and eggs are wiped from her dinner plate and out of the Green New Deal's policies.”
Earlier this week, PETA published an open letter to Ocasio-Cortez insisting that her Green New Deal is not far-reaching enough because there’s nothing in there about forcing people to abandon all meat and dairy products.
“Because animal agriculture not only is devastating to animals but also poisons the environment and makes Americans sick, what we need is a Vegan Green New Deal,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote. “PETA hopes Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will promote equity, environmental justice, health, and kindness by recognizing the need for vegan food policies.”