Not Satire: The Washington Post Blames Hurricane Florence on Trump

Anyone who has paid attention to the news cycle since 2016 has seen every possible thing that could be twisted against Donald Trump used against him by the media. The press routinely misquotes Trump, takes him out of context, blames him for problems that predate his presidency, misrepresents his motives, and outright lies.

According to a handful of studies, over 90% of the media coverage of Donald Trump is negative, far more than any other president.

So desperate is the media to smear the President, that The Washington Post’s editorial board just published an op-ed blaming Trump for Hurricane Florence. Why? Because of Trump’s position on climate change – even though no regulations have changed under his administration that would have greatly affected the Earth’s climate at this point.

Here’s what the editors wrote: “Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.”

But can these accusers actually name a single policy of Trump’s that would have exacerbated climate change already? Of course not, given that the rules on the books are largely the same as they were when Obama left office. They can only complain about how “the Trump administration announced Tuesday a plan to roll back federal rules on methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the main component in natural gas,” but that rollback was just proposed. It has no effect on the current hurricane.

Likewise, is there a single shred of evidence that Obama did anything to alter the Earth’s climate? While he may have believed in climate change while Trump does not – so what? Personal beliefs have absolutely no effect on the strength of a hurricane.

And it should be noted, that, at best, it’s possible for climate change to make hurricanes more severe; but there is zero evidence that it’s causing hurricanes.

The internet widely mocked the Post’s op-ed, which was received as just the latest example of media desperation to malign the President.

Granted, liberals blamed global warming for exacerbating hurricanes that occurred under President Barack Obama, but never accused Obama of being “complicit.” The Washington Post ran a story in the aftermath of Sandy to claim climate change was a variable in exacerbating the hurricane, and that was a common argument reported in the media. “In Hurricane Sandy’s Fury, The Fingerprint of Climate Change” read one Huffington Post headline – accompanying an article that placed zero blame on Obama.

The media won’t give Donald Trump credit for a roaring economy, a surging stock market, the annihilation of the ISIS caliphate, or peace talks with North Korea, …. but they will blame him for a hurricane.

What a circus our media has become.

By Matt

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