Trump gave an interview to the Washington Post this week and it was the usual mishmash of half-baked nonsense, outright lies and old-fashioned gibberish. On no subject was this more clear than on global warming and forest fires, where he repeated some of his previous inane ramblings.
DAWSEY: You said yesterday when you were leaving that you were skeptical of a climate change report that the government had done. Can you just explain why you’re skeptical of that report?
TRUMP: One of the problems that a lot of people like myself — we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers.
Which has nothing whatsoever to do do with anything. Yes, people with high intelligence can and do believe utterly nonsensical things. Did he actually read the report? Of course not. That would take an attention span longer than that of a paramecium. And he wouldn’t be capable of understanding it if he did, of course, because it requires some very specific expertise. But Trump rejects the very idea of expertise, that anyone might possibly know more than him on any subject, despite his obvious ignorance on virtually everything.
But Trump doesn’t really care whether the report is accurate or not, like he doesn’t care if anything he says is accurate or true. He rejects global warming because it’s an inconvenient fact for his policy preferences. He needs it to be false and therefore it is false, by definition in Trumpworld.
You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including — just many other places — the air is incredibly dirty. And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, it flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.
And there’s the gibberish. It’s just incoherent rambling without anything even vaguely resembling a sensible thought. And he really thinks he’s good at this kind of thing, but it shows what a substanceless buffoon he truly is.
TRUMP: Number two, if you go back and if you look at articles, they talked about global freezing, they talked about at some point the planets could have freeze to death, then it’s going to die of heat exhaustion. There is movement in the atmosphere. There’s no question. As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it — not nearly like it is. Do we want clean water? Absolutely. Do we want clean air to breathe? Absolutely. The fire in California, where I was, if you looked at the floor, the floor of the fire they have trees that were fallen, they did no forest management, no forest maintenance, and you can light — you can take a match like this and light a tree trunk when that thing is laying there for more than 14 or 15 months. And it’s a massive problem in California.
And there are the lies. He invented a conversation with the Finnish leader and now he’s repeating it. And every single forestry expert has virtually laughed out loud at him over it. But again, he rejects expertise. He’s like your idiotic uncle who hears something he didn’t bother to confirm and thinks he knows more than every scientist in the world. Trump’s ignorance is not just mundane, it’s virulent. It isn’t just that he doesn’t know anything about virtually any subject, it’s that he’s absolutely convinced that he knows everything about everything and he blathers on about anything with total confidence. Stupid people find that persuasive, for some reason.
TRUMP: Josh, you go to other places where they have denser trees — it’s more dense, where the trees are more flammable — they don’t have forest fires like this, because they maintain. And it was very interesting, I was watching the firemen and they’re raking brush — you know the tumbleweed and brush and all this stuff that’s growing underneath. It’s on fire and they’re raking it working so hard, and they’re raking all this stuff. If that was raked in the beginning, there’d be nothing to catch on fire. It’s very interesting to see. A lot of the trees, they took tremendous burn at the bottom, but they didn’t catch on fire. The bottom is all burned but they didn’t catch on fire because they sucked the water, they’re wet. You need forest management, and they don’t have it.
That phrase — “where the trees are more flammable” — is pretty much all you need to know about the depth of Trump’s ignorance.