President Donald Trump has made some brazenly unsubstantiated claims over not just the course of his presidency, but his business career, and life in general. In fact, in December of 2015, about six month after announcing his candidacy for president, FactCheck.org dubbed him the “King of Whoppers.” “In the 12 years of FactCheck.org’s existence, we’ve never seen his match,” stated the nonprofit website. “He stands out not only for the sheer number of his factually false claims, but also for his brazen refusals to admit error when proven wrong.”
Yet somehow, incredibly, Trump somehow managed to outdo himself this week, when — speaking at a Republican fundraising dinner in Washington — he went off on a rant about wind energy, or turbines to be accurate. “If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value,” he told those in attendance.
“And they say the noise causes cancer,” he continued. “You told me that one, OK.” [makes circles with his hands and a turbine-like noise with his mouth] “You know the thing makes so…”
Now, while there has been controversy over whether wind turbines can contribute to health issues such as hearing loss, nausea, and sleep disorders (with scientific consensus suggesting otherwise), we all know noise doesn’t cause cancer. Not if it comes from a windmill or any other source. It just doesn’t. The President of the United States is pulling a Don Quixote.
And that, is why on Thursday, #WindmillsCauseCancer was the top trending hashtag on Twitter, as there was no shortage of ridicule on hand.
Others just pointed out how extremely backwards Trump’s line of thinking is:
Just another day in paradise.