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March 26, 2019

Seeing Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) use bizarre props to criticize her Green New Deal proposal actually boosted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's confidence, the Democrat from New York tweeted on Tuesday.

Lee printed out several strange images, including one of Ronald Reagan shooting a gun while riding a velociraptor, telling his colleagues from the Senate floor that he was giving the Green New Deal "the seriousness" it deserved. Ocasio-Cortez called Lee out on his shenanigans in a series of tweets, first pointing out that it's pretty hilarious that "GOP Senators are using their Congressional allowances to print Aquaman posters for themselves to argue that a #GreenNewDeal saving our nation from climate change is a 'waste of money.'"

She went on to share a video of Lee's speech, and confessed that she occasionally suffers from "imposter syndrome: those small moments, especially on hard days, where you wonder if the haters are right. But then they do things like this to clear it right up. If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything."

Ocasio-Cortez also called out Senate Republicans for "refusing to hold any major hearings on climate change," and then went right back to mocking Lee and his speech. "With the #GreenNewDeal, legislators, experts, and advocates have spent countless hours poring over details of industrial policy and impact of global temperature/sea level projections," she tweeted. "That's what you do when you take your job seriously and respect the chamber. This is what happens when you don't." Catherine Garcia

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