Arguably, the only three political constants in 2017 have been Donald Trump making America worse, the Republican Party covering for him, and Trump tweeting idiotic things. He may have topped himself in the latter category when he suddenly decided that a snowstorm in the eastern United States was proof that climate change is some kind of hoax. Suffice it to say that his vomit-worthy tweet didn’t go over particularly well.
Trump tweeted “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!” Of course this is utterly ridiculous on every level. This is not how climate change works. This is not how weather works. There was never any “trillions of dollars” involved. Various leaders promptly ripped into Trump for his stupidity.
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff fired back with this retort: “Very clever, Mr. President. Although the millions of families recovering from the worst hurricane and fire seasons on record may not appreciate such a fine sense of humor, since climate change may very well have claimed their homes and the lives of loved ones.” Congressman Don Beyer spelled it out even further: “1: This isn’t how climate change works. 2: We weren’t paying trillions of dollars. You didn’t understand the Paris Agreement in June and you still don’t. 3: Climate Change is real. It is a serious threat to our children. You need people on your team who can explain this to you.”
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal brought the science: “In 2017, there were about three record high temperatures in the U.S. for every record low temperature. Weather is not the same as climate. The president should be able to understand that. It isn’t hard.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report