Any person concerned about the environment and the ravages of our planet’s climate crisis must seriously consider that data pointing to the industrial raising and harvesting of farm animals for human consumption as a major source of methane emissions that are rapidly degrading our atmosphere and contributing to global environmental catastrophe.
To climate crisis denialists like Donald Trump Jr. and right-wing extremist Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO), however, any talk of reducing the consumption of red meat in favor of a more environmentally friendly, primarily plant-based diet is like a heresy that their blood-lusting palates simply cannot abide.
Responding to misleading reports on Fox News and the UK’s The Daily Mail about how President Biden’s plans to address climate change could encourage Americans to reduce their meat consumption by 90% by the year 2030, both Trump Jr. and Rep. Boebert embarrassed themselves by ranting loudly on social media against a policy that has never been announced by the administration and which was denounced as a speculative and false invention of climate change deniers by fact-checkers at Snopes.com.
Donald Trump Jr. was so incensed by the idea of his filet mignons being pried from his grasping fingers that he felt compelled to post his opposition to the non-existent threat on both Twitter and Instagram where he posted two separate defiant, fear-mongering memes indicating that he was not going to give up his carnivorous diet anytime soon.
I’m pretty sure I ate 4 pounds of red meat yesterday. That’s going to be a hard NO from me. https://t.co/wvGC19cN6R
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 24, 2021
That’s a pretty strong reaction to a story categorically rated “FALSE” by Snopes when it responded to Congresswoman Boebert’s tweet of the same false lie about the Biden administration’s intent.
Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 24, 2021
Snopes set the record straight by providing the following context for the completely inaccurate social media post.
“Biden announced that his administration would seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. The Daily Mail ran a story that asserted, in entirely theoretical terms, that the policy “could” require Americans to reduce their meat consumption by 90%. Politicians like Rep. Lauren Boebert retweeted the Daily Mail’s speculation as fact,” the fact-checking website wrote.
Both Trump Jr. and Rep. Boebert faced pushback for their posts from more than just Snopes, as the replies to their tweets demonstrated.
I am going with ignorant.
— laura (@laura07685518) April 25, 2021
— 👓Faux Ro Gebby 👓 NO LISTS- Thanks! (@RoGebbyNoFaux) April 24, 2021
So just another day for you then, eh Dumb Jr? pic.twitter.com/5pFYWJFVz5
— Bryan 🇺🇸 (@swimmerbr78) April 24, 2021
What a missed opportunity! “Impeached bowl,” “wash it down with a gallon of Russian vodka,” and “your number poops up,” could have been yours!!
— Bill Lockhart (@WKLockhart) April 25, 2021
Another lie from the party that can’t tell the truth about anything. They want to take your guns. They want to take your religion. Then it’s they want to take your hamburgers. Such a sad demise of a once normal party. It’s now the party of white supremacy and conspiracy theories
— Jeffrey Levy (@jeffreymlevy) April 24, 2021
If he isn't lying, as usual, I'm pretty sure Dope Jr. took the *yugest* Trump of his life last night.
— Mr. Sub does not negotiate with terrorists. Ever. (@Mr___Sub) April 25, 2021
Columbian Marching Powder makes it difficult to stop talking.
— Daniel Cook (@DanielC57864800) April 25, 2021
My eyes, fingers, and toes are all crossed, but look at the dumpy slob who sired him. @$$holes live forever.
— TK (@raisegiantfrogs) April 25, 2021
This stuff is completely imaginary. Biden has not proposed any limit on Americans’ meat consumption.
What happened: 1) The Daily Mail ran an article that dishonestly connected Biden’s climate plan with a not-at-all-about-Biden study. 2) Others on the right just ran with this. pic.twitter.com/VRB52TPmUj
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 25, 2021
Duplicitous Republicans like Donald Trump Jr. and Rep. Boebert can spread all the lies they want, anyone with an ounce of intelligence will quickly see through their lies and call them out publicly for their cynical political manipulations.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of American voters with minimal mental discernment who may not pay close enough attention to legitimate news sources to realize that they are being fed a heavy dose of malicious right-wing propaganda by unscrupulous members of a corrupt GOP.
It’s time to make sure that anyone that each of us is in contact with knows that the claims about the Biden administration’s climate plans and its supposed ban on burgers and other red meat are just another right-wing assault using damaging misinformation to attack their political opposition.
Original reporting by Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com.
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