Red Meat and Other B.S.: Trump And Pence Hit New Low Following A Slew Of Climate Lies
Washington, D.C. – After weeks of near-constant lies about everything from clean energy and the Green New Deal to Joe Biden’s climate plan, President Trump and Vice President Pence hit a new low yesterday by falsely claiming newly-named Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris wants to ban red meat.
We shouldn’t be surprised, though. Trump has made a habit of lying about energy, the climate crisis, and the women who demand climate action. As of this week, Trump has lied 107 times on the topics just this year, as tracked by Climate Power 2020’s Trump B.S. Tracker.
“Trump and Pence are obsessing about red meat, windmills and showerheads, because their mishandling of the pandemic has led to 165,000 American deaths,” said Climate Power 2020 Executive Director Lori Lodes. “Trying to distract from their record on coronavirus or climate won’t work. Voters see through their lies and know the truth: climate change is real, and our elected leaders must take action before it’s too late.”
Just yesterday, Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that a Biden-Harris administration would ban cows, airplanes, and cars, all while removing the windows from the Empire State Building and eliminating energy. Pence also stuck to the president’s talking points at a campaign event yesterday, where he criticized Harris and told supporters that a Trump-Pence administration would protect America’s right to eat meat from Biden and Harris.
None of which is true.
These bizarre, easily disprovable, and often bigoted rants about climate have a deeper significance in the 2020 election than just adding to the more than 20,000 times Trump has lied as president.
Trump and Pence continue to try and distract voters with these outlandish lies to deflect from the failings of their administration to deal with the coronavirus and their ongoing denial of science. But the reality is voters continue to see through Trump’s climate B.S.
A July survey by Climate Power 2020 found that 71 percent of respondents (41 percent of these voters identify as Republican) support the government taking bold action on climate change.
And voters are incredibly skeptical of Republican claims not only on the costs of climate action, but also on hamburgers, cars, and airplanes. In the same July survey, robust negative attacks against Democrats for supporting climate action and clean energy investments were met by voters with skepticism about these claims.
When voters were asked to describe Trump and Republicans in three words after hearing a series of counterattacks, the dominant response was “liars,” followed closely by “greedy,” “selfish,” and “corrupt”: