As the Midwest braced for the most dangerous blast of Arctic weather in recent memory, President Donald Trump leaped at the opportunity to push his “global warming is a hoax” agenda on Twitter.
In a tweet posted early Monday morning, the septuagenarian quipped that we “need global warming” to prevent the extreme cold weather front from settling on the country. (According to Weather.com, dangerously cold wind chills caused by a displaced polar vortex are expected to drop temperatures in the Midwest near negative 30F, and the wind chill could fall as low as negative 50F or 60F — the lowest in over two decades.)
“In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!,” Trump tweeted, misspelling “Global Warming.”
In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2019
Besides revealing his ignorance for the fact that weather and climate change are two completely different things, Trump’s social media jeering is also a slap in the face to parts of the world devastated by extreme heat. Australia just experienced five of its ten hottest days on record, causing sixteen hospitalizations and bats—yes bats!—to collapse out of trees and koalas to camp out by rivers.
This is because the extreme cold approaching the Midwest U.S., and the record-breaking heat afflicting Australia are both symptoms of global warming. The rapidness with which Earth’s climate is changing causes extreme weather events and, as CNN has noted in the past, it is utterly unscientific to connect temperatures in certain locations with global warming.
Twitter exploded in response to Trump’s tweet, with many mocking the president for his willful misunderstanding of the differences between climate and weather.
Weather isn’t climate. They teach this in 5th grade science.
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) January 29, 2019
I get that science is hard, but this ignorant tweet is just embarrassing.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 29, 2019
Hi Mr. President. Happy to explain since you seem confused. As nearly every legitimate scientist in the world agrees, global climate changed caused by rising temperatures due to industrial emmissions results in more severe weather year-round — including harsher blizzards.
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) January 29, 2019
Amazing to think America was once a scientific leader.
— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) January 29, 2019
Your stunning ignorance of even the most basic part of the science is an embarrassment to not only those of you supposedly represent, but to humanity in general.
Please, for the sake of all our children, ask some scientists to show you a video explaining how the science works.
— Cory Barlog 🎮 🎄#CREATE (@corybarlog) January 29, 2019
Are you really this ignorant about climate change? Have you never read a book in your life?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) January 29, 2019
It wasn’t even that long ago when Trump claimed that climate change didn’t exist because it was cold outside in Washington, DC. There is a huge difference between weather and climate that Trump just doesnt understand or intentionally misleads people. https://t.co/qmq8QBK42t
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 29, 2019
Oh crap, I thought this was the parody account.
— Dead Sea Squirrel (@the_ns) January 29, 2019
Will future historians think he was the stupidest man in the world? https://t.co/Gr3TOnmTHX
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) January 29, 2019
Others focused on the depressing notion that the POTUS just tweeted out the words ‘Global Waming.’
“Global WAMING?” I would say this whole tweet reads as if a 10-year-old wrote it… but a 10-year-old actually writes and spells better than the United States President. SAD! #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) January 29, 2019
Welcome to McDonalds. May I take your order?
Yes. I would like a large smocking covfefe, a side of global waming but hold the scott free.
— Melissa (@melissadawes) January 29, 2019
Waming? Perhaps you meant waning? As in your waning years as a free man because your lifetime of ridiculous lies and abuse of everyone you’ve ever known has finally caught up to you?
— Steve Blum (@blumspew) January 29, 2019
I’ve been trying to figure out for months what accent Trump is using in speaking into his cell phone that would explain all the typos and with “global waming” I’ve concluded that when he’s in private he tries to sound like a Kennedy https://t.co/EPtAtnPkPZ
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 29, 2019
Literacy is so important. #GlobalWaming needs to be trending right now. https://t.co/byojbmgi5Z
— Deborah Murphy (@debmurphykerr) January 29, 2019
— greenville, sc tap water fan account (@absinthefather) January 29, 2019