President Donald Trump still doesn’t appear to understand the difference between the weather and the climate, a fact frequently explained in elementary school classes. While speaking in California about the overwhelming wildfires up and down the West Coast, Trump dismissed that it was attributed to climate change.
“It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch,” said Trump about the weather.
“I wish science agreed with you,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot.
“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump claimed.
Here is the President of the United States claiming that climate change will reverse itself, "It'll start getting cooler." 😳pic.twitter.com/YJceholyGJ
— Matt Rogers 🗳 (@Politidope) September 14, 2020
According to researchers, climate change has dramatically amplified the risk of many conditions that help wildfires start and spread.
“We now have very strong evidence from those years of research that global warming is, in fact, increasing the odds of unprecedented extremes,” said Noah Diffenbaugh, professor and senior fellow at Stanford University in California.
It isn’t the first time Trump has dismissed the science. He noted in 2015, “It could be warming and it’s gonna start to cool at some point.”
After getting a briefing from his Department of Homeland Security officials, Trump announced, “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do—you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat—as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though.”
It was a week later, he repeated the claim, “it’s going to disappear. One day—it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.”
Before he learned it was unpopular, Trump was also an anti-vaxxer, telling a reporter in 2007 that he believed vaccines can cause autism in young children.
“When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor,” Trump told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “And now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic … My theory is the shots. We’re giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.”
Trump’s comments Monday were something that drew ridicule among those watching the incident unfold online. See the tweets below:
So he is using the same approach he used for covid. I’m sure this will work out just as well.
— Lee Foltin (@leefoltin) September 14, 2020
Notice how he smiles as though taking credit for “breaking a world record in Death Valley”, and as though it were a good thing.
— Just ‘cuz you don’t like it don’t make it a hoax (@StellaBlueDevil) September 14, 2020
Check out Trump's body language as Gavin Newsom informs him that the vast majority of forest land in California is owned by the federal government pic.twitter.com/HqoIDQYbd3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2020
Kind of like Covid disappearing with the heat.
— Marcos (@ASVPMarcos) September 14, 2020
Kind of like how he said COVID would “Just disappear like magic.”
Yeah, seems like he lies like this a lot.
— Zach Jonas (@DudeItsJonas) September 14, 2020
Meanwhile in his head… pic.twitter.com/Y8HmH1xiVQ
— Troy Kist (@Troykist) September 14, 2020
It’s way past time to accept the science. Anthropomorphic climate change is a problem. We should deal with it like adults.
— Jeremy Baumeister (@JeremyBaumeist1) September 14, 2020
Trump is a moron. California is the economic engine of the United States. It is threatened immediately by climate change. https://t.co/1L61EPF8j9
— Tom Matzzie (@tommatzzie) September 14, 2020
Trump’s no idiot. He knows that climate change is deadly—he just cares more about hitting those donations from fossil fuel billionaires
Trump has a death wish against the American people
“It is what it is.” /2https://t.co/G2PAEMxsP1
— Matthias Lalisse (@MatthiasLalisse) September 14, 2020
Meanwhile back at the environment, the Antarctic ice shelves respond to Trump's latest denialist drivel.
— Aaronymous (@AaronKinKin1) September 14, 2020
Trump on COVID-19: “when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”
Trump on climate change: “It’ll start getting cooler.” https://t.co/CtvZbEXAkd
— Dr. Guy McHendry (@acaguy) September 14, 2020
Trump thinks climate change is just like his sex life. https://t.co/2bDrqum3nS
— Rex (@hothouserex) September 14, 2020
— Michael A. (@tazzman22) September 14, 2020