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FLASHBACK: Donald Trump and his hair join the climate zombies

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In recent polls, Donald Trump has vaulted to the top of the GOP presidential contender list by becoming a ‘birther’.  Amazingly, he “might be serious” in his candidacy, Salon warned yesterday.

So it’s worth remembering that before he punched the birther ticket, he joined the climate denial team — which is arguably more important for a”credible” GOP nominee.  After all, most GOP contenders aren’t foolish enough to be open ‘birthers’, questioning Obama’s legitimacy to be president based on no evidence whatsoever (see The top 5 ways the ‘birthers’ are like the deniers).

But pretty much every serious GOP contender is now a climate zombie (see Tim Pawlenty: “Every one of us” running for president has flip-flopped on climate change).  And Trump certainly has the hair for zombie-dom, if nothing else.

Anyway, here’s the flashback to February 2010:

Donald Trump and his hair assert that recent snow means “the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore,” reports the NY Post, the Daily Mail of America.

Activists are already saying this is the biggest break for the climate since Sarah Palin became the top conservative spokesperson on the science.  Anti-science disinformers suggest that it’s really more important that Trump’s hair has joined their cause, since it gets more attention these days and has, arguably, been more successful than Trump himself recently.

In a much-heralded speech last week, Bill Gates noted that if scientists could just figure out some miraculous way to harness the static electricity from rubbing Trump’s hair, the entire climate crisis could be solved.  Nathan Myrhvold was rumored to have already patented the idea.

Less seriously, this is what the Post reported Trump said, accompanied by his hair:

Donald Trump is not a big believer in global warming. “With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore,” the tycoon told members of his Trump National Golf Club in Westchester in a recent speech.

“Gore wants us to clean up our factories and plants in order to protect us from global warming, when China and other countries couldn’t care less. It would make us totally noncompetitive in the manufacturing world, and China, Japan and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.” The crowd of 500 stood up and cheered.

Who could possibly disagree with Trump’s assertion that “China, Japan and India are laughing at America’s stupidity” (see Lindsey Graham: “Every day that we delay trying to find a price for carbon is a day that China uses to dominate the green economy”)?  Stand up and cheer for that!

Of course, the Donald can’t be expect to know that this is in fact the warmest winter in the satellite record.   Nor can USA Today, which just reprinted his comments.

NOTE:  In the NASA dataset, the winter of 2009-2010 was the second warmest on record.

But then the Donald ain’t a science guy.  He’s a very religious man, if you didn’t know.  Wikipedia reports:

Trump has been caught in the 2008 financial crisis as sales for his Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago have been lagging and he failed to pay a $40m loan to Deutsche Bank in December. Arguing that the crisis is an Act of God, he evoked a clause in the contract to not pay the loan and initiated a countersuit asserting his image has been damaged. Deutsche Bank has in turn noted in court that ‘Trump is no stranger to overdue debt’ and that he has twice previously filed for bankruptcy with respect to his casino operations.

On February 17, 2009 Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Mr Trump having stated on February 13 that he would resign from the board.

Now I understand Trump’s argument.  Nothing is human-made, not the financial crisis, not global warming.  On the other hand, if the financial crisis is an act of God, then so is Trump’s financial “success,” which may be the funniest notion of all.

Seriously, Trump is a very religious man.  Salon reposts part of his interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network where he explains that he gets “sent Bibles by a lot of people” and, when asked where they are, he explains “Actually, we keep them at a certain place. A very nice place.”

And that’s where they should keep Trump.  A very nice place.

Like Salon, I actually thought until a few days ago that Trump was only doing this for publicity for “The Celebrity Apprentice.”  I even joked that perhaps he was doing a sendup of a Republican candidacy.  But he has gone beyond satire now.  Yes, he has become every bit as ‘serious’ a GOP candidate as, say, Gingrich or Palin or Pawlenty or Romney.

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19 Responses to FLASHBACK: Donald Trump and his hair join the climate zombies

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    Where do I donate to The Donald’s campaign? Unlike Palin, you don’t even have to wait until he opens his mouth before you start laughing.

  2. Sasparilla says:

    I’m with Mike Roddy on this one, although I won’t donate to his campaign. ;-)

    I want Trump to be the GOP candidate – President Obama couldn’t ask for a better opponent, although Bachmann is pretty close.

  3. jcwinnie says:

    Hey, why not? It reflects the current state of affairs. A Presidency for those just staying a while and not living here. Oh, and for those that can afford the stay.

  4. Merrelyn Emery says:

    How do you go broke running a casino? Must have been that God again, ME

  5. Greg says:

    I prefer “climate ostrich” and that picture is probably what one looks like after pulling one’s head out of the sand–momentarily, of course, before shoving it back in.

  6. dhogaza says:

    Trump/Bachmann … that’s the dream ticket!

  7. catman306 says:

    Of course Trump is religious, his hair looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster came to Earth.

  8. BlueRock says:

    dhogaza says:

    > Trump/Bachmann … that’s the dream ticket!

    I’m routing for Palin / Paul (Ron) 2013!!

    P.S. For those who haven’t seen it, Caribou Barbie has been pushing the boundaries of the English language forward again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDP9R6cV95M

    Joe, forget using Lincoln and Shakespeare as examples of fine rhetoricians, Sarah has all the wordification skills you need!

  9. Joan Savage says:

    For a fellow who has some major investments a few feet from the ocean in Miami and Atlantic City, and another in the desert at Las Vegas, he could pose for the Mad Magazine cartoon character Alfred E. Newman, “What, me worry?”

  10. Ed Hummel says:

    I wonder if James Madison ever in his wildest nightmares envisioned such a cast of characters, epitomized by Trump, that would be seriously considered as possible presidential candidates at this point in history. If he were alive today I think he’d throw the Constitution in the trash and welcome George III back with open arms.

  11. Robert In New Orleans says:

    With that hair Trump must have some Orangutan genes in his family tree.

    (Not intended to be a factual statement)

  12. William P says:

    The kind of people who read Climate Progress may be unaware of how the vast number of voters get their “news”. Its from Fox “News”, Limbaugh, and many right wing radio talkers.

    These are the real forces driving American government today. They have labeled compromise as unacceptable. But without compromise we get government stalemate – pretty much exactly what we have.

    The incredible zombie climate statements of Republicans comes directly out of our right wing media. Candidates must echo these mantra laid down by widely followed right wing media or the candidate is dead on arrival.

    If you don’t believe all of this, just grit your teeth and tune into purveyor of what passes for “news” like Hannity, or Limbaugh, or worse Mark Levin.

  13. JK says:

    Robert in New Orleans,

    That’s an insult to orangutans.

    I’d vote for an orangutan before I’d vote for Trump, but I hear they’ve become as scarce as intelligent Republicans.

  14. It is rumored that Trump’s running mate will be Gordon Gecko.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I believe that the French call a bald man’s pate a ‘flies’ aerodrome’ or did in the past. Trump appears to possess a ‘flies’ ski-jump’, or just the comb-forward from Hell. It must be a wonder to behold in a strong breeze. I think having a billionaire as Boss (and not a semi-lucid one like Bloomberg) is a good development. That the formerly hidden plutocracy is now taking over directly might wake up a few people, but, after decades of being brainwashed into believing that the rich are a moral and intellectual elite (by the rich men’s MSM, of course)and that the poor are poverty-stricken due to their innate laziness and fecklessness, the serfs will probably vote for Trump, as they have for Berlusconi in Italy or Thaksin in Thailand and several others. Perhaps Donald just needs to add a little ‘bunga-bunga’ to his appeal to romp in.

  16. Lionel A says:

    Ah! Trump. He who thinks that having loadsa money gives him the right to buy anything and put a golf course where it isn’t wanted. Except that is it would seem the lilly livered members of the local authority who have given him the green light to proceed.

    I wonder how much dosh was spread about to make that happen?

    Work begins on Donald Trump’s ‘greatest’ golf course

    Trump also thinks he has the right to call some local homes slums!

    Donald Trump’s golf resort plans hit the rough after mass purchase of land

    Huh! Has he looked at his head recently?

  17. Chris Winter says:

    BlueRock wrote: “Joe, forget using Lincoln and Shakespeare as examples of fine rhetoricians, Sarah has all the wordification skills you need!”

    Yes, the elegantness of her speakage is unsurpassing — just like the beauty of Wild Horse Mesa.

    ;-)

  18. Dallasm says:

    He’s not serious. He’s making millions of dollars from his PAC. Those things are gold mines.

  19. Fred says:

    The guy really is hilarious, unless you are one of a small rural community dominated and divided by his presence and influence. In Aberdeenshire Scotland he has violated local democracy as well as the environment in favour of ‘the worlds greatest golf course’ as in, the golf course he is building which will be better than the last ‘world’s greatest golf course’ he built which unfortunately for trump did not make it into the top 100.

    for further info re. the misery and division he has imported to Scotland, google ‘aberdeen’ ‘voice’ ‘trump’