Try as she might, Kellyanne Conway struggled to defend Donald Trump’s stance on climate change by claiming he just doesn’t believe humans affect it.
Following Monday night’s first presidential debate during which Hillary Clinton pretty much obliterated Donald Trump, the Donald's campaign manager participated in a CNN interview where she “clarified” some of his remarks.
Tuesday morning, CNN’s “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota asked Kellyanne Conway — Trump’s current campaign manager — whether or not he believes climate change is a hoax.
Trump has previously posted tweets directly calling climate change, and specifically global warming, a hoax; however, when Clinton referenced those comments during the debate, Trump denied ever saying such a thing.
"He [Trump] believes that global warming is naturally occurring," Conway said. “There are shifts naturally occurring.”
Camerota followed up by asking if by that, she means that Trump believes climate change is not man-made, Conway answered, “Correct.”
CNN dug up some of Trump’s old tweets in which he explicitly used the word “hoax” to describe climate change and global warming and displayed the posts on screen during the two women's exchange.
In one of the tweets Trump asserted that, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
In another one he said, “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!”
Rather than acknowledge these tweets or his declaration that climate change is a hoax, Conway continued to repeat that he believes climate change is naturally occurring and therefore not man-made — contrary to what nearly the entire scientific community has agreed upon.
Conway was just as evasive during this interview as Trump was during last night’s debate.
This is yet another example of Trump’s flip-flopping as the campaign gets down to the wire.
While flip-flopping has always been an inherent part of politics, one of Trump’s “principles” upon which he founded his campaign is the fact that he is not a politician, and therefore proclaims he will reestablish trust in the government by going against the status quo.
But, with all of these sudden changes of heart, it seems he’s acting much like the very archetype of a politician he claims to reject.
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