Trump Bellows About Dead Birds & Wind At Embarrassing Sunday Campaign Rally

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At a Sunday rally in the critical swing state of Michigan, President Donald Trump brought up a topic that’s likely not exactly at the top of the priorities list for many Americans during this election cycle: dead birds. He complained that wind turbines supposedly take big chunks out of local bird populations, and he insisted that the dead birds “pile up” at the bottom of windmills and leave locals metaphorically scratching their heads to figure out how to deal with the avian carnage. In reality, a recent study from the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics concludes that wind turbines kill “far fewer” birds in the U.S. than threats like buildings, cars, and cats, U.S. News & World Report explains. “Power line electrocutions” even kill about ten times as many birds annually as wind turbines.

In short: the president seems to be slinging nonsense out and hoping something sticks. According to poll results, Trump’s efforts aren’t working. He ranted to the Sunday rally crowd as follows:

‘If you think about energy… [when] your electric bills are nice and low, when they get rid of all our petroleum products and other things, everything, and they go to wind. Let’s build windmills all over the place. Let’s litter the landscape… you know, when you build a windmill: I’m not against wind, it should be in industrial areas, maybe, but it’s very expensive, very expensive. And if you wanna see a lot of dead birds, all you have to do is go to the bottom of a windmill. If you’d like to see a lotta dead birds, go to the bottom of — they pile up, they don’t know what to do with ’em. I’ll tell you; it’s crazy — and they’re environmentalists. They want wind.’

Watch his comments below:

Trump also claimed that “when the wind doesn’t blow,” there won’t be power available for the people relying on wind turbines, but this claim isn’t true. Alongside innovations in renewable energy technology, innovators have also been working on ways to store renewable energy from sources like wind. Does the president even know about this fact? Or is just ranting ignorantly?

At Trump’s early Sunday rally in Michigan, the crowd also devolved into repeated angry chants to “lock up” the president’s opponents. Targets of the chants included Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump also ranted about “AOC plus three” — meaning New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) and three of her allies — who he called “maniacs who don’t like our country.”