Trump defended his ongoing dismantling of clean air and water regulations at a Republican retreat, claiming we have the cleanest air and water we’ve ever had. Then he bizarrely qualified his claim by saying that our air and water may have been clean 25 years ago because “there was nobody here.”
“We have the cleanest water, the cleanest air that we’ve ever had in the history of our country, right now,” Trump said.
The president corrected himself after saying that the media “would get me on that one.”
“Let’s say the history of our country over the last 25 years,” he opined. “I would say they probably had cleaner water, cleaner air because there was nobody here. So I have to be very accurate.”
For the record, the population of the country in 1994 was about 263 million people. In Trump’s fabulist mind, that’s apparently “nobody.” He also doesn’t recognize the obvious contradiction in his claim. If we do have the cleanest air and water we’ve ever had, that’s because of regulations that protect our air and water. It didn’t just suddenly become cleaner when Trump started repealing regulations (few of those rollbacks have actually gone into effect because they’ve adopted many of them illegally and others are under legal challenge). So he’s now trying to get rid of the very regulation that has resulted in cleaner air and water. This is what passes for Republican logic.