The stupid, it burns: An ignorant Donald Trump mocked wind power earlier this week, claiming people would have to turn off their TV sets if the wind wasn’t blowing.
President Donald Trump has criticized renewable energy sources, claiming people would have to turn off their TV sets if there wasn’t a strong enough breeze to move wind turbines.
Speaking to workers at a tank factory in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday afternoon, Trump appeared to confuse wind turbines with windmills, and told the audience: “Hillary [Clinton] wanted to put windmills all over the place.”
Trump, making a failed attempt at humor, joked with the workers, pretending to be speaking as if he were watching television with his spouse, saying:
Let’s put up some windmills. When the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please. There’s no wind, please turn off the television quickly.
Trump went on to claim that wind power would send property values down:
Put the windmills up, and watch the value of your house if you’re in sight of a windmill — watch the value of your house go down by 65 percent. Wonderful to have windmills. And solar’s wonderful too, but it’s not strong enough, and it’s very very expensive.
TRUMP on wind energy: “You know, Hillary wanted to put windmills all over the place. Let’s put up some windmills — when the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please. There’s no wind — please turn off the television quickly!” pic.twitter.com/HTDklSU13i
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 20, 2019
Trump made similar comments earlier this month while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Attempting to mock the Democrats’ Green New Deal, Trump said:
I think the New Green Deal or whatever the hell they call it — the Green New Deal — I encourage it. I think it’s really something that they should promote. They should work hard on it. … No planes, no energy. When the wind stops blowing that’s the end of your electric. Let’s hurry up. Darling, is the wind blowing today? I’d like to watch television, darling.
Bottom line: Batteries are real; Donald Trump is an idiot.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’
– Isaac Asimov