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.”
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. https://t.co/X9f80i0YCl
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 16, 2019
Senator Cornyn responded:
“It’s summer, Chuck.”
It’s summer, Chuck https://t.co/ccZdMtTD31
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 16, 2019
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.
On climate change, it’s sometimes difficult to tell if Republicans are genuine-stupid, or pretend-stupid to pander to the Koch Bros., or patronizing-stupid because they think their base is so ignorant.
In any case, GOP’s stupid is going to create a Hell for everyone’s grandkids.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 16, 2019
It’s winter in literally half the world, dip-shit.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) August 16, 2019
Also, it was the hottest July ON RECORD. And since July is ALWAYS SUMMER (at least in half the world), your point is utterly irrelevant.
It’s, indeed, even more stupid than saying global warming isn’t happening because it snows in Montana in January.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) August 16, 2019
I still don’t understand people who don’t listen to science and facts.
— Tom (@TFM0716) August 16, 2019
I don’t think we’ll ever be able to understand it unfortunately
— Hey Arnold! Rothstein (@hbennett357) August 16, 2019
Lobotomies and lots of in depth research to ensure the
dis- ease is eradicated! pic.twitter.com/fHRjMojOBM
— Joe (@joebloughed) August 16, 2019
Right, this is the first July that ever happened in summer, so it’s unfair to compare the record heat this July to the temperature in past Julys, right, that definitely makes sense, right.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 16, 2019
It is the hottest summer in the history of the planet. Let that sink in to your brain.#ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #ClimateChangeIsReal #OneVoiceEarth #BetoForTexas#VoteBlue#Democrats2020 #VoteBlueNoMatterWho2020
— 🌊❄️🏳️🌈Dexter 2.0 (@Texas_Dex) August 17, 2019
You’re as dumb as an atmosphere full of toxic emissions.
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) August 16, 2019
This really is a dumb tweet.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 16, 2019
Climate change deniers aren’t known for their intellect.
— Ellen Hopkins (@EllenHopkinsLit) August 16, 2019
Even still this is an entirely new league of stupid. There is a difference between being stupid and being dumber than an actual animal.
— Jaws_19 (@Jaws193) August 17, 2019
Bragging about how absolutely clueless you are isn’t a good look.
— Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ (@olwyngdh) August 16, 2019
Some reminded Cornyn he’s up for reelection in 2020.
When we vote you out you’re definitely not going to be able to get a job in the field of science.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 16, 2019
He’s not going to be able to get a job in the field of big-box retail greeting.
— Jason A. Quest ✏️🌈 is unverífied (@jasonaquest) August 16, 2019
But he’ll be able to get a job in the field of lobbying.
— Tom Herron (@gifuoh) August 16, 2019
That is just the type of flippant remark that reveals the depth of you ignorance, #ComradeCornyn. Texas deserves far better than someone who simply marches meekly behind #MoscowMitch. pic.twitter.com/SsEXw0KHAU
— James Peck (@JMPeck69) August 16, 2019
You guys are really good at playing intentionally obtuse. Those in the middle and left shake their heads and just think you’re stupid, but it’s really a tactic. You intentionally dumb-down to get away with really egregious policies. We will vote you out. #VoteBlueNoMatterWho
— Tara ❤️🇺🇸🦅 (@TaraHenderson31) August 17, 2019
— Randy Ferrell🍑🆘️ #VetsResistSquadron (@rpdandy) August 16, 2019
This is John. John thinks climate change is a funny joke. John is also up for re-election in 2020. You can help beat John by supporting Texas Democrats. https://t.co/gRYMjewkP9
— Jenn Votes Blue PA Σ (@JennVotesBluePA) August 16, 2019
Many questioned Cornyn’s knowledge of science. And English.
Do you know what the word “ever” means?
— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) August 16, 2019
.@MerriamWebster Might we have the definition of the word “ever” to assist the Senator, please?
— 💜🍀💜 Lisa 💜🍀💜 (@IrishLady229) August 16, 2019
John Cornyn must have studied science at Trump University.
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) August 16, 2019
I’m going to pretend that you’re not dumb enough not to know that it’s winter in half the world in July.
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 17, 2019
Trump university degree John?
— truthbetold (@flatoutfunny) August 17, 2019
Others simply had no patience for ignorance, willful or otherwise.
You call yourself a leader and you can’t tell the difference between climate and weather. Are you that ignorant. Actually I think you’re not. It’s worse. You are willing to sacrifice the planet due to your devotion to corporations and Trump. You’re a disgrace.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 16, 2019
You really are a dick. You’re going to be long dead and responsible for creating a hellscape that my kids and grandkids are going to have to deal with but you go ahead and laugh, and be flippant, because you’ll be dead when things get really bad. You’re a despicable person.
— 🌊💙🐕🐕🐕KarenLaRiv🐕🐕💙🌊 (@CapeQueen75) August 17, 2019
Worse than your moronic, sneering comment is the fact that you use your position of influence to encourage dismissal of a global crisis. You are a booze-addled, corrupt grifter. Shame!
— Melody Alger (@alger_melody) August 17, 2019
Once more for those in the back- July 2019 was the HOTTEST MONTH EVER, OF ANY MONTH , ON RECORD. GET IT? It was the HOTTEST MONTH EVER on Record! Even though we have had many July’s before none have EVER been this hot . 🥵
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) August 17, 2019
Less tweeting, more reading, John.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 16, 2019
— Uncle Sam (@PolitiTwitch) August 17, 2019
One day your grandchildren will be embarrassed to admit that you’re related.
— Osa Ray (@ray_osa) August 17, 2019
I thought this was SARCASM when I read it. But FFS, you MEANT it, didn’t you. You know CLIMATE and WEATHER are two different things, right? (That was rhetorical, I see ur COGNITIVE DISSONANCE from here!)
— becky roe🍑 (@roeresidence) August 17, 2019