Donald Trump Says He Couldn't Support Nancy Pelosi's Stimulus Bill Because of Windmills That 'Kill the Birds'

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If you thought President Donald Trump's obsession with "windmills" would blow over in the face of a national crisis, think again.

The President has previously said that wind turbines cause cancer and that wind-powered energy only works if the wind is blowing. You can add those claims to the 16,200+ false statements made by Trump since his inauguration.

The President repeated his claim that windmills endanger birds in a Fox News town hall on Tuesday afternoon.

As Congress prepares a stimulus package to offset the damage to American workers posed by the current pandemic, Republicans and Democrats are split over whether to include initiatives that would help offset the damage done to the clean energy sector.

House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. say the move is necessary, with $43 billion in investments and payments threatening to evaporate.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump doesn't support the initiative to boost clean energy.

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Trump said:

"They had things in there that are terrible. Windmills all over the place and all sorts of credits for windmills that kill the birds and ruin the real estate, right?"

Trump said this as cases of the virus continued to grow to nearly 50,000 in the United States.

People noted that Trump, a real estate mogul, also claimed wind turbines ruined the real estate, leading them to believe his concern for the birds was, well, "for the birds."

After some pointed out that the claim was false...

People began repeating concerns that the President is unfit to lead the nation out of this crisis.

Trump has had a grudge against wind turbines ever since he lost a legal battle to keep a field of them from construction near one of his golf courses in Scotland.

Even in dire times, the President doesn't appear ready to give up that grudge.

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As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

Unlike medical professionals, who need N95 masks (of which there is a shortage) when treating virus patients, average Americans can wear makeshift cloth masks that block the saliva droplets through which the virus is spread.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.

It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.

The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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Because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, anti-Chinese hysteria has sprouted up across the country. These racist flames have only been stoked by President Donald Trump, whose insistence on calling it "Chinese virus" corresponded with an uptick in hate crimes and harassment of Asian Americans across the across the United States, regardless of their country of origin or ancestry.

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That string of behavior continued with a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which read more like one of the President's Twitter screeds than a letter from the President of the United States.

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