12:17pm PT by Ryan Parker
Mark Hamill Criticizes Senator Who Used Luke Skywalker as Prop Mocking Climate Change
Mark Hamill has felt a great disturbance in the Force.
On Tuesday, the Star Wars actor further responded to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who on Monday used an image of Luke Skywalker on the planet Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back as he mocked climate change concerns and the Democrats' proposed Green New Deal (GND) on Capitol Hill.
Lee claimed, falsely, that the GND would eliminate the use of airplanes, going on to suggest people could travel to/in Alaska on the backs of fictional Star Wars creature the tauntaun.
"Not only are tauntauns carbon-neutral, but according to one report 'a long time ago' and 'far, far away,' they may even be fully recyclable for their warmth on especially cold nights," Lee said.
At first, Hamill thought the image was photoshopped, but when he learned it was, in fact, real, the outspoken Donald Trump and Republican Party critic expressed his displeasure.
"I was foolish to think this was photoshopped. Had I recognized that this guy was a Republican, I would have instantly realized this was his argument against Global Warming. #CongressSmellsBadOnTheInside," Hamill said Monday via Twitter.
However, on Tuesday, the actor really dug in his heels when asked again if he was aware of Lee's stunt.
"I did see that crap. Don't worry about it! I'm using an oversized photo of @SenMikeLee as a prop to push my #MAGA (#MoronsAlwaysGaslightAmericans) #TrustTheScientists agenda. #ClimateChange," Hamill wrote to his more than three million followers.
The proposed GND stimulus program is aimed at addressing climate change. It was sponsored by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey.
Hamill will reprise the role of Luke Skywalker one final time in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Episode IX, due out Dec. 20.
The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution, but the serious business of human flourishing – the solution to so many of our problems, at all times and in all places: fall in love, get married, and have some kids.https://t.co/N2gYdJFldt pic.twitter.com/ekoFlaECSd— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) March 26, 2019