In perhaps the most transparent tweet of his Presidency – no easy feat by any measure – Donald Trump tweeted his commitment “to keeping our air and water clean” before qualifying it by deferring to job creation as his top priority.
I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017
The irony was not lost on Keith Olbermann.
Not if you can't breathe and the water poisons you and your coasts are underwater you stupid money-grubbing asshole. https://t.co/XvPB7gTu5G
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 22, 2017
Trump is under the false notion that only by focusing on economic growth at the expense of environment protections will the environment truly flourish. That’s like claiming that people are most productive at work when well rested, so they should skip work altogether to rest.
Olbermann, the former MSNBC and now GQ host, called out Trump’s idiocy. Jobs won’t matter if the air is polluted, our water sources poisoned, and our coasts below water. For a businessman, Trump has a decidedly shortsighted view of the business landscape with which he is dealing.
Trump has recently dealt numerous legislative blows to environmental protections. He named Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, to head the EPA. In February, Trump signed a bill ending the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, which protected waterways from coal mining waste. After that, Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution, ending a financial disclosure requirement for energy companies. In March, Trump signed his “Energy Independence” executive order at the EPA, which will seek to decimate Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
Of course, while Trump was never “committed to keeping our air and water clean,” Olbermann hit the nail on the head when he did pinpoint what Trump is committed to: money.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.