Josh Mandel lambasted for ‘idiotic’ Earth Day tweet

Josh Mandel lambasted for ‘idiotic’ Earth Day tweet
Image of former Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel via screengrab

Former Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel and his allies suffered a major disappointment when former President Donald Trump endorsed “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance in Ohio’s 2022 GOP U.S. Senate primary. Mandel and Vance have been fighting an ugly, mudslinging battle to show who is the most MAGA, and Mandel views Vance as a pretender. But Mandel hasn’t given up on trying to “own the liberals.” And on April 22, Mandel — a climate change denier — decided to thumb his nose at environmentalists by posting, “Let’s celebrate Earth Day by building more pipelines.”

This wasn’t the first time Mandel has made a ridiculous comment about the environment. On Valentine’ Day, he tweeted, “Climate change isn’t a threat to our national security, Joe Biden’s open borders are.”

In MAGA World, supporting fossil fuels over green energy has become part of identity politics. The April 22 tweet, as silly as it is, was obviously part of his effort to remind Republican primary voters in Ohio how MAGA he is. But Twitter users haven’t hesitated to let Mandel know how ridiculous that tweet makes him look.

Twitter user @BPasquantonio, using a photo of Judy Garland in the famous 1939 adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” humorously posted:

Some Twitter users responded to the April 22 tweet by mocking Mandel over Trump's decision to endorse Vance:

Here are some more responses to Mandel’s April 22 tweet:

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