WaPo writer says Trump lied about GND, that no one proposed eliminating air travel or cow farts

WaPo writer says Trump lied about GND, that no one proposed eliminating air travel or cow farts

Washington Post columnist Philip Rucker takes Donald Trump to task for a sarcastic tweet the president posted on Feb. 9, two days after the Green New Deal  was unveiled, that reads:

I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called ‘Carbon Footprint’ to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military — even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!

Rucker’s beef with Trump is not his sarcastic tone but what he perceives to be a lie:

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“No one has proposed” these things? Is Rucker being disingenuous here or is he truly that naïve? The original FAQ posted to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s website on Feb, 7 and deleted the following day did indeed mention eliminating cow farts and phasing out airline travel in favor of nationwide high-speed rail service. The document mentioned several other absurdities, many of which still remain. Among these is “guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage … to all people of the United States.” To appreciate how utterly nonsensical this goal is, Rucker need only ask himself when in the history of our nation unemployment was at 0%.

But to address the larger question, where does Rucker think these preposterous notions came from if not from AOC and her staff?

As an added irony, several right-wing commentators have noted that Rucker’s paper was one of the news outlets that received a copy of the FAQ.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.