Did Donald Trump Say Climate Change Is A Hoax? Hillary Clinton Called Trump Out Early On
It goes without saying that many hot button issues were on the table at the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates were expected to touch on the economy, immigration, and the environment; specifically climate change. It was no surprise, then, that within the first segment of the debate a comment raised a questionable red flag: Did Donald Trump say climate change is a hoax? Hillary Clinton wasted no time calling Trump out early, and rightfully so.
Clinton said at the presidential debate on Monday night that "Donald thinks climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese." After this statement, Trump interrupted Clinton and denied having ever said that. Trump said over Clinton, "I did not say that, I do not say that."
Clinton was referring to a series of tweets that Trump had posted in recent years. In 2012, Trump wrote that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese." In another tweet from 2013 Trump wrote, "Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!" And again in 2014 Trump tweeted that global warming is a way to "justify higher taxes." According to The Washington Post, he later said he was joking about the China tweet.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don't believe it $$$$!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2014
Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013
According to The Washington Post, the Republican candidate has repeatedly said he isn’t "a believer" in global warming, climate change, or that humans have played a role in the Earth's climbing temperatures.
Trump said the following in an interview with The Washington Post when asked about his thoughts on climate change:
Clinton, on the other hand, plans to act on climate change and implement green energy if she wins the presidency and has repeatedly said that she sides with the science and evidence.
While the Maldives are sinking and the Artic's ice caps are melting, climate change remains is an incredibly urgent and vital issue. An issue so monumental that it's universally important to all demographics that will be voting on Nov. 8. So, setting the record straight on Monday night was a step towards solving this global environmental crisis.