President Donald Trump on Friday complained about energy-efficient light bulbs that he claimed made him look orange.
As reported by Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, the president said he wanted to bring back older light bulbs that would give him a more flattering skin tone.
“Trump quips that the new light bulbs don’t make him look good and being a ‘vain’ person, that’s important to him,” Mason reports. “He says they make him look orange. He plans to bring cheaper light bulbs back.”
Despite the president’s complaints, however, many observers have noted the orange hue of his skin color even in broad daylight without any artificial lights.
Scott Waldman, a reporter who focuses on climate change for E&E News, comments that Trump has consistently used complaints about how the light bulbs make him look to justify blocking light bulb efficiency standards.
“It’s also premised on a false claim because you can purchase LED bulbs that give off an incandescent glow and last 4x times longer,” he writes.
Watch the video below.
TRUMP: "They got rid of the lightbulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive. And I hate to say it — it doesn't make you look as good. Being a vain person that's very important to me. It gives you an orange look. I don't want an orange look." pic.twitter.com/geujwcUa8v
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 6, 2019
Trump quips that the new light bulbs don’t make him look good and being a “vain” person, that’s important to him. He says they make him look orange. He plans to bring cheaper light bulbs back. pic.twitter.com/Bj2r19lOhW
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) December 6, 2019
This is a frequent talking point from Trump on why he is rolling back lightbulb efficiency rules. It’s also premised on a false claim because you can purchase LED bulbs that give off an incandescent glow and last 4x times longer. https://t.co/a2nqhsvb1F
— Scott Waldman (@scottpwaldman) December 6, 2019
Trump’s ‘delay the election’ tweet laid the groundwork for him and his followers to have an excuse if he loses
Writing in The New York Times this Monday, Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss their contention that President Trump is seeing the writing on the wall regarding the 2020 election, an analysis born from his recent tweet where he suggests delaying the election.
According to Stephens, Trump's tweet is a sign that he knows "in his heart" that he's going to lose in November.
"He’s laying the groundwork not for a coup but for an excuse, both for himself and for his followers," Stephens says. "It creates a mythology to explain defeat, attack Joe Biden and keep the Trump family relevant in the Republican Party. The fact that he’d pull a stunt like this is another reason it’s so important that he lose in a landslide in November."
‘I do this for a living and I don’t know what the Republican’s position is’: MSNBC reporter confused by GOP unemployment stance
Capitol Hill reporter Garrett Haake confessed that he has no idea what the Republican officials want when it comes to the unemployment stimulus bill.
A bill was passed in May by Democrats in the House, but the Senate ignored the problem until the last minute, allowing the additional unemployment funds from the stimulus to sunset and leave Americans scrambling to pay their Aug. 1 rent or mortgages.
The Senate then gave up, handing the responsibility for the bill over to the White House and told them to negotiate with the House, but the White House is less interested in unemployment benefits and wants more corporate bailouts.
Tears and anguish as Melbourne sinks further into lockdown
When Katherine Reed heard Melbourne's virus-inflicted lockdown would be tightened and extend for six more weeks, she began to cry.
The 32-year-old lives alone and has been working at home since March, when the southern hemisphere summer turned to autumn.
Like millions of others living in Australia's second city she now faces at least another six weeks of winter isolation.
"I understand the increased lockdown," she said, lamenting "cruel and misguided" rules that allow partners, but not friends, to visit.
From the start of this world-enveloping pandemic, experts had warned there would be bad times and good, setbacks and advances in bringing the virus to heel.