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Trump’s ‘environment’ speech was a case study in gaslighting

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Despite leaving the Paris Climate Agreement, protecting the coal industry, diverting millions of dollars of national park funds, and calling global warming a hoax — among many other sins against nature — President Donald Trump wanted you to know today that he has made America an environmental leader.

“From day one, my administration has made it a top priority to ensure that America has among the very cleanest air and cleanest water on the planet,” Trump said during his remarks delivered at the White House on Monday, part of a much-touted “environmental” speech. “We want the cleanest air, we want crystal clean water, and that’s what we’re doing and what we’re working on so hard. We are doing a very tough job and not everybody knows it.”

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Hence, a common refrain of Trump’s “Twilight Zone”-esque address was that the real story, about how much Trump loves the planet, is not being told. As usual, Trump painted the media as the enemy, while dismissing the scientific consensus that climate change is quickly ravaging our planet. Surely every environmentalist tuning in fumed with anger at Trump’s speech, knowing that the recent increase in greenhouse gas emissions are likely due to Trump’s completed and proposed environmental rollbacks  — an increase that could have irreversible effects, such as thousands of deaths in the United States due to poor air quality, to give but one example.

Trump’s speech today did not symbolize a change of heart on climate change (he actually never even mentioned climate change), but rather a political move to lay the foundation for a talking point for his re-election, which he will use to try and win a new voter base. No, not climate change scientists or environmentalists, but millennials and suburban moms — that is, according to sources who spoke with the New York Times. A senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the New York Times there are moderate voters who “just want to know that he’s being responsible” on environmental issues — and that is who today’s speech was designed to reach.

In other words, the Trump administration just made Mother Nature into a political pawn. How appalling.

According to one of the sources who spoke under the condition of anonymity, the idea of the speech came from two consultants on his re-election campaign.

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise given how Trump ranks on environmental issues in recent polls. In last week’s Washington Post-ABC News poll, Trump received positive rankings only on the economy. His lowest rating was for his handling of climate change: only 29 percent of respondents said they approve, and 62 percent said disapprove. It is a wider gap than on any other issue mentioned in the poll.

It is said that actions speak louder than words, and many environmental groups hope today’s speech won’t persuade the uninformed. At the very least, it didn’t nudge them.

“Donald Trump is resorting to greenhouse gaslighting the public to try and cover-up the fact that he is the worst president in history for the environment, climate and public health,”  Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement about the speech. “Trump’s relentless attacks on our clean air, clean water, climate and public lands threaten the health and safety of millions of Americans and no speech he gives can ever change the reality of his actions.

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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