During a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday, President Trump once again argued that wind turbines are a poor source of electricity because people would be forced to turn off their televisions because “the wind isn’t blowing.”
“If Hillary got in…you’d be doing wind,” he told the crowd.
“Windmills. Weeeee. And if it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night,” he continued, appearing to confuse windmills and wind turbines.
Mimicking a man watching TV with his spouse, Trump said: “‘Darling, I want to watch television.’ ‘I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing.'”
The president added: “I know a lot about wind.”
TRUMP: "If Hillary got in… you'd be doing wind. Windmills. Weeeee. And if it doesn't blow, you can forget about television for that night. 'Darling, I want to watch television.' 'I'm sorry! The wind isn't blowing.' I know a lot about wind." pic.twitter.com/tGsUIoUmUQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2019
Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, told Newsweek the comments amounted to “malicious ignorance” from the president.
“The fact that he has repeated this lie indicates that it is intentional and malicious in nature,” he argued.
“The truth is that a combination of wind, solar and other renewables, along with battery and smart grid technology, can provide continuous and abundant electricity,” Mann said.
Trump made a nearly identical claim during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday when he argued that wind turbines are a poor energy source because “it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about.”
On March 20, during a speech at an Army tank factory in Lima, Ohio, Trump told factory workers: “When the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please. There’s no wind, please turn off the television quickly.”
While addressing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland earlier this month, Trump jokingly told the audience: “The Green New Deal—I encourage it. I think it’s something [Democrats] should really promote…no planes, no energy. When the wind stops blowing, that’s the end of your electric. ‘Darling is the wind blowing today? I’d like to watch television.'”