The Republican nominee for president told an astonishingly brazen lie, and refused to back down.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a massive lie recently — one so big that even his campaign surrogates are having trouble explaining it. Hillary Clinton said in the debate on Monday that Trump said that global warming was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, but Trump repeatedly interrupted her to say he never said that.
The problem is, he said exactly that. In a tweet posted Nov. 6, 2012, Trump said: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” And that’s just the most brazen example: there are dozens of tweets from his lengthy Twitter history that say pretty much the exact same thing.
So what’s the excuse now? It’s his old standby defense: he was just making a joke. Or at least he said that in January, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Trump had antiquated views about climate change.
“And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change,” said said on Fox & Friends after the Democratic debate during which Sanders made the comments.
Of course, since so many things Trump writes on Twitter are jokes, how does one know where he actually stands, some wonder? After all, he used the word hoax many times to describe climate change — does he think that it’s a hoax or is that a joke too?
Huffington Post recently asked a bunch of campaign surrogates after the Clinton/Trump debate, and got a pretty consistent answer: they don’t know.