Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement really pissed off Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace.
On Thursday, Trump announced his decision and instantly outraged Americans across the country and insulted leaders around the world.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” Trump said. “We’re getting out.”
“The Paris accord is a bad deal for Americans and the President’s action today is keeping his campaign promise to put America first,” Trump continued. “The accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama administration out of desperation.”
Trump went on to insult France, one of our oldest and closest allies, by saying he was “elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
And with that line, Trump basically just surrendered being the leader of the free world.
Trump is a climate change skeptic, but America made a commitment and paved the way for the Paris agreement to be reached in the first place. By withdrawing from it, Trump just stepped aside so that other nations like China and Russia can step in and fill the power vacuum Trump created. It also opens the door for all other nations to pull out of the agreement as well, which will affect America once these nations join us in polluting the Earth like drunken sailors whose captain jumped ship.
Brian Williams asked Nicolle Wallace to comment on Trump’s announcement, focusing particularly on his crack about Pittsburgh. She didn’t hold back.
What’s so incredibly cynical about that,” Wallace began. “First off, I think the speech belongs alongside American carnage from his inauguration address — and some of his convention speech was incredibly dark — this was that side of Donald Trump which is the one we’ve seen the most of in these prepared addresses. But it was an incredibly cynical look at our role in the world.”
Wallace then informed Trump that French soldiers joined American soldiers in the wake of 9/11 to hunt down the terrorists who attacked us. Basically, Trump suggested that he doesn’t give a shit about our allies and other people in the world. He only cares about himself and he thinks isolating America from the rest of the world will make us stronger.
“It sort of reveals a very shallow and cynical exploitation of the kinds of voters that think we have to choose between being citizens of a great American city and citizens of the world,” Wallace continued, before also throttling Trump for choosing a pollution-based economy over a clean environment in which children don’t die because they can’t breathe.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Wallace is right. There is no reason why we can’t have a strong economy and a clean environment. For some reason, Trump thinks economic success only comes by supporting polluters. But there is a lot of untapped prosperity to be had by switching over to clean energy. Building solar panels and wind turbines can not only generate enough energy to power our nation, it would create hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of jobs. Unlike coal and oil, which are going to run out, wind turbines and solar panels will always need maintenance. And oil workers and coal miners can be easily trained to do these jobs. These jobs would also be better for their own health.
But more importantly, America would be leading the clean energy revolution instead of surrendering that leadership to others and we would be playing a major part in saving the world from imminent disaster.
By withdrawing America from the agreement, Trump just made it clear that he is incapable of leading this country into a better future.
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