After attempting to bury a cataclysmic report from his own administration on the widespread harm climate change will do if we don’t alter our course immediately, Donald Trump tried another tactic on Monday afternoon: just denying the whole thing altogether.
Before flying to Mississippi for his first of two rallies today in support of racist Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Trump was asked about the report, which details how thousands of Americans will die and the country’s economy will shrink dramatically as a result of climate change.
“I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it. It’s fine,” he said. When the reporter responded that the report finds there will be “devastating” economic impacts, Trump replied: “Yeah, I don’t believe it. No, no, I don’t believe it.
“And here’s other thing,” he continued. “You’re going to have to China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries—you know, it addresses our country. Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been...If we’re clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good.”
While far from shocking coming from a man with a long history of climate denial, it’s still really something to hear “it’s fine” come from our country’s leader in response to findings from his own government that absolutely every American will be put at risk by climate change in years to come.
It’s worth remembering, today and every day, that there’s little incentive for wealthy elites like Trump to do anything that would, you know, perhaps save us from certain doom. Trump’s base loves his anti-science bullshit, his friends are all tied up in the industries that have polluted the planet beyond repair, and, as ever, poor people and communities of color will be hit the hardest by every climate-induced tragedy. “It’s fine,” we’re all going to die, whatever, say Trump and his cronies.