The Midwest will be colder than Antarctica — the perfect time for Trump to showcase his cruelty
I remember the bitter cold snaps when I was growing up in the mid-west. The worried faces of my parents, scared to death that the water pipes would freeze and burst, flooding the house. I remember my father taping towels around any exposed pipe he could see, and he let the water run all the time. It worked.
In those days, my parents struggled to raise three small kids on my Dad’s salary. The winds and doors always had a sheet of ice on them in sub-zero temperatures, and the house never felt warm no matter how many layers Mom would dress me in. So I get it. I worry about the people in the middle of the country. If you make a mistake or lose power, or run out of gas in a rural area you could die or go into debt.
Donald doesn’t give a fuck as you can see from his tweet below. Notice he doesn’t write be safe to red America. He has no empathy, everything has to be about him.
The midwest will have temperatures colder than Antarctica including major American cities. Trump should reflect on what that means for those living in this emergency. But he won’t.
Where to begin. Let’s set aside the fact that wind chill is a meaningless way to assess cold weather; I don’t actually expect Trump to know that. We can also ignore the fact that he misspelled warming. The obvious thing to focus on is that he once again said something mind-numbingly incorrect about climate change. Except, we don’t have to focus on that, either, because Trump tweeted something similarly idiotic last week, too. (He managed to spell warming right that time.) That tweet kicked off a round of patient fact-checks explaining for the one-zillionth time that climate and weather are different, that cold weather will continue to happen even as the planet warms, and that, in fact, it might get even colder in some places sometimes thanks to climate change. As Trump himself said in last week’s tweet, it’s “amazing how big this system is.”
He’s a monster. Matthews continues.
The sad thing about this tweet isn’t even the deliberate misrepresentation of facts. That’s par for the course from the only world leader who doesn’t accept the science on climate change. It’s the tone of it that grates—the taunt inherent to “please come back fast, we need you!” In the midst of constant chaos and tragedy and stupidity, it is easy to forget that one of the greatest costs of the Trump presidency is the opportunity cost—the loss of these four years in which we could have been taking action on one of the most serious threats facing humanity and instead walked backward. This tweet is frustrating not only because it’s wrong—it’s frustrating because it is cruel. People are already dying from global warming. The longer we wait, the worse it will get. But to the president, it’s just a punchline.