Democrats in both houses of Congress piled on President Trump Thursday night after he ignorantly suggested that the northeastern U.S. could use some “global warming” to help them recover from cold temperatures.
In his tweet early Thursday evening, Trump also incorrectly claimed that the U.S. would be the only country to give money to a climate fund under the Paris agreement, which Trump promised to exit in June.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
The tweet sparked rebuttals from several Democratic lawmakers, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), who said that the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to fight climate change.
I’m going to say something really crazy: I believe in science. Climate change is real and we have a moral obligation to protect this Earth for our children and grandchildren.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) December 29, 2017
Warren was joined by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Harris tweeted that local governments must deal with climate issues while the administration won’t, while Whitehouse urged the president to read a report on climate change created by his own administration.
Climate change is real and it poses a grave threat to our nation and our planet. It’s abundantly clear this Adminstration won’t tackle climate change head on, so state and local governments must. https://t.co/mrH5zlpyJD
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 29, 2017
This is just embarrassing. It’s clear facts don’t matter to you, but here’s the new climate report from your administration that affirms climate change is caused by human activity, and has serious health, economic, and environmental consequences. Read it. https://t.co/eJo1bdsqd8
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 29, 2017
The tweet also drew insults from several California Democrats, including Ted Lieu and Kathleen Rice. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) also spoke up. Rice was the sharpest with her criticism, saying the president tweeted “like a child.”
Instead of tweeting like a child who hates science class, if you’re so worried about the cold you could always send your 45M+ followers info about how to find shelter, prevent hypothermia & frost bite, prevent pipes from freezing, protect their pets, etc. https://t.co/HXBotuGZ5f
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) December 29, 2017
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. https://t.co/piwHcvZWbH https://t.co/7EFkR5SmUN
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) December 29, 2017
Either @realDonaldTrump doesn’t understand the science behind climate change, or he is intentionally misleading the American people. Also, Merry Christmas (even though today is Dec 28) because the President says we can say that again (even though we have always been saying it). https://t.co/8KwaxdbvzB
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 29, 2017
Virginia Rep. Don Beyer (D), meanwhile, pointed out that Trump incorrectly referred to the amount the U.S. would have paid under the Paris agreement as “trillions” of dollars, accusing Trump of not knowing anything about the deal he has often criticized. Wisconsin’s Mark Pocan created a nickname for Trump over the affair, “Denying Donald.”
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. https://t.co/SQG9cMGOGe
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) December 29, 2017
Denying Donald doesn’t understand science. His ignorance is our loss. https://t.co/aO0dOZfp3h
— Mark Pocan (@MarkPocan) December 29, 2017
The tweet also got criticism from former DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), who thanked local efforts in Broward County, Florida to protect the state from the effects of global warming.
While Trump struggles to understand the difference between temperature and climate, we must take action in our own communities. We can’t afford to wait. Thank you Broward County #Mayors4CleanEnergy https://t.co/pkJVCWekyh
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) December 29, 2017