This morning, the president swore that he was working harder than any other president before him — and then proceeded to spend the entire afternoon on Twitter, yelling about the things he saw on television into the digital void and attacking his political rivals in a very telling show of insecurity.
His latest tweet took aim at Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who turned heads this afternoon by having her presidential campaign announcement speech outside while a blizzard raged around her.
Amy Klobuchar launches 2020 presidential bid: "As your president, I will look you in the eye, I will tell you what I think, I will focus on getting things done. That's what I've done my whole life. And no matter what, I'll lead from the heart." Via ABC pic.twitter.com/JztnMfjaNA
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 10, 2019
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Intent on showing the nation just how tough she was and emphasizing her Midwestern credentials, Klobuchar spoke about the importance of fighting the gun lobby and combating climate change en route to becoming the fifth woman running for the Oval Office in 2020 — and Trump, utterly incapable of tolerating any challenge from a woman, immediately took to Twitter to repeat one of his favorite talking points and to mock Klobuchar for her announcement.
Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
It is beyond infuriating to see the president pushing this preposterous and deliberately misleading narrative that obfuscates the role that climate change plays in exacerbating extreme weather events of all types, including both cold and hot events.
The most cursory examination of global temperature charts makes it clear that the globe is warming and the President’s continued denial of that reality is an existential threat to our world’s ability to sustain human civilization as we know it.
How this was “bad timing” doesn’t check out at all, but it’s clear that Trump is growing more worried by the day as the field of challengers expands at a remarkable pace.
At least he managed not to make any jokes about genocide this time — though given that he and his cronies would condemn millions of climate refugees to their deaths without a second’s hesitation, it’s hard to see that as any kind of silver lining.