President Trump might want to brace against the cold chill of the internet.
With much of the northern and eastern United States feeling the effects of abnormally cold temperatures in the week leading up to the new year, Trump took to Twitter Thursday to warm up climate-change deniers.
With an eye most likely on his New York City home and the 10-degree temperatures being forecast for New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square, the president said, “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old global warming.”
In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
The tweet was met with a frigid response, even from Twitter users who have grown accustomed to Trump’s musings at all hours.
This may be the dumbest thing that you have tweeted in 2017. And that is saying something.
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) December 29, 2017
How in the world is this guy in charge?
— MRod (@MRodProspects) December 29, 2017
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the windbag blows. https://t.co/VfH6cYEYeu
— Timothy Egan (@nytegan) December 29, 2017
Are you really this ignorant that you think that since we have a cold winter it means that global warming is bogus?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) December 29, 2017
Major media outlets seized on the president’s tweet, with The New York Times providing an analogy to help Trump understand the difference between weather and climate.
“Weather is how much money you have in your pocket today, whereas climate is your net worth,” the newspaper wrote. “A billionaire who has forgotten his wallet one day is not poor, anymore than a poor person who lands a windfall of several hundred dollars is suddenly rich.”
Mashable also went that route, pointing to a 2005 NASA post explaining the difference.
But no one should really be at all surprised by the presidential level of trolling going on here. Considering tweets from his past, Trump has proven himself to be way more predictable than the weather.
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