Reminded by Hillary Clinton that Trump has previously said that climate change is “a hoax invented by the Chinese,” the Republican nominee interrupted her to deny her claim.
“I don’t say that,” he claimed.
But he tweeted exactly that sentiment in 2012:
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
Trump later claimed the claim was a joke, but as Politifact has noted, he has claimed that climate change is a hoax repeatedly for years. Last December, he told a rally, “Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”