When given the opportunity to show that he will make a decision and give honest reasons for that choice, Donald Trump appears to have once again failed. During his Paris Agreement exit speech, and subsequent comments, it appears Trump made a number of false statements that in many cases, are just too glaring to be considered incidents of him merely misspeaking.
One major note that caused Trump to get trolled and seemingly put in his place was his insensitive and tactless remark about how he represents the people of Pittsburgh, “not the people of Paris.” Adding to that insulting remark, Sean Spicer later tweeted that Trump said he was “elected by the people of Pittsburgh.”
This quickly led to the mayor of Pittsburgh getting on Twitter and pointing out that the majority of Pittsburgh’s citizens actually voted for Hillary Clinton:
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
Bill Peduto isn’t the only person checking the accuracy of Trump’s statements. POLITIFACT also did some research into the assertions Trump made. A larger number of Donald Trump’s claims were either false or based on flawed information.
For example, at one point Trump said the Paris agreement would cause:
‘. . .lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production.’
It’s claims like this that have Trump supporters all up in arms about the agreement and despite worldwide outrage at the United States’ withdrawal, has caused some to remain faithful in their support of Trump. However, even with all of the negative statistics that Donald Trump cited, he played a major game of semantics and provided information based off a number of assumptions that can’t feasibly be made.
In the case of Trump’s claim above, his information is based off of highly flawed data.
Playing into so-called patriots love for hating all things and people that/who aren’t American, Donald Trump also made the outlandish argument below:
‘China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.’
POLITIFACT found – that is a lie. Nowhere in the agreement does it say that China will be able to build “hundreds of coal plants.” Actually each participating country shows transparency around what it will do to cut down on greenhouse gases. For that reason, it doesn’t allow or not allow specific actions at all; this includes building coal plants.
Furthermore, China is working towards not building any new coal plants. Earlier this year, the country halted the construction of 103 coal plants. Per the usual, Trump played on his un/misinformed supporters’ emotions and simply told them what they wanted to hear.
Finally, Trump declared:
‘Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree. Think of that; this much Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny, tiny amount.’
Straight semantics; without context, this argument is moot. Trump’s “tiny, tiny amount,” is actually pretty big when you think of every participating entity doing their part to reduce emissions. This is especially true since addressing climate issues requires a series of steps and little things mean a lot when you’re talking about a collective effort.
Furthermore, John Reilly, Co-Director of the Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change at MIT, pointed out that backing out of the Paris Agreement means that the U.S. will actually have to work harder to honor its commitment to the Earth because America will be acting alone, as opposed to alongside a team of countries dedicated to preserving the global environment.
While the above is in no way a comprehensive list of Trump’s blatant lies, lies of omission, and lies by deception, it does serve as a harsh reminder that Trump will say anything, even if it isn’t true, to get his base to rally around him.
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