If Democratic candidates for president are going to speak on behalf of their party, they should really pay better attention to what their fellow presidential hopefuls say. This became apparent at Tuesday night’s marathon-length town hall on the “climate crisis.”
When asked about the role climate change would play in his administration, Sen. Cory Booker allowed as how combating climate change is not one item on a list of policies but, rather, “the lens through which we must do everything.”
Presumably that would include taking a stand on the consumption of red meat, which, its personal health risks notwithstanding, leads to the production of methane-rich cow flatulence, which is harming the environment.
Yet, when asked directly about his policy on red meat consumption, Booker, who professes to be vegan, said:
So let’s go right at this, because I hear about it all the time. Booker wants to take away your hamburger. That is the kind of lies and fear-mongering that they spread out there, that somehow the Democrats want to get rid of hamburgers. [Emphasis added]
The claim might have passed muster if Booker hadn’t generalized it to include the highlighted phrase since a fellow Democrat, Sen. Kamala Harris, said earlier at the same town hall that Americans need to be “educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment.” When asked straight up if she would change the dietary guidelines and reduce red meat specifically, Harris answered both questions with an unequivocal yes. Watch:
Kamala Harris says Americans need to be "educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment," and says she would change the dietary guidelines to reduce the amount of red meat you can eat. #ClimateTownHall pic.twitter.com/XqcFzLv479
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