Republican Senator Mocks News That July Was the Hottest Month on Record: 'It's Summer, Chuck'

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) questions U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on June 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

When New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer shared information from the climatologists at NOAA about global warming and climate change, people who understand science were concerned. Others, like Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, were confused.

Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, posted:


"July 2019 was the hottest month ever, of any month, on record."

"Climate change is the greatest threat facing our planet."

"It’s about our kids. It’s about our health. It’s about the future."

"We must act."

Senator Cornyn responded:

"It’s summer, Chuck."

Whether Cornyn thinks the scientists at NOAA missed that detail or just Schumer was unclear.

Also unclear is whether Cornyn knows it is only summer in the northern hemisphere. It's currently winter in the southern hemisphere.

But judging by responses to Cornyn's Twitter post, the vast majority thought the Texas Senator clearly missed something.

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Some reminded Cornyn he's up for reelection in 2020.

Many questioned Cornyn's knowledge of science. And English.

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Others simply had no patience for ignorance, willful or otherwise.

Cornyn—who faces a field of challengers lead by decorated combat veteran MJ Hegar for his Senate seat in 2020—has yet to respond to the backlash his ill advised attempt  to be clever provoked.

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