14. Democratic super-donor Tom Steyer — who as an investor in many
green-tech companies is anything but a disinterested party — thundered
that Trump is "committing a traitorous act of war against the American
13. Ben Rhodes, Obama's former deputy national security adviser,
experienced a complete meltdown on Twitter in reaction to the news.
"Shame on those in Trump WH who know the science is real and Paris is
our last best chance. There is no trade off that is worth this
cruelty," he tweeted. Cruelty? Really? "A Rose Garden celebration of a
step that denies science and hurts children. History will note those
who participated in this moral wreckage," he tweeted again. There were
many more, but you get the idea.
12. Dan Rather, whose reputation for truth-telling is second to
practically everyone, presumed to be able to read the president's mind,
telling MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell that Trump is "mad, he has some
rage, he's scared" and "he's lashing out in anger" toward Europeans.
Again, Trump never said he was mad; this is simply Rather presuming to
be able to read Trump's mind. Worse, Rather said the decision to leave
the Paris deal shows Trump is the most "psychologically troubled ...
since at least Richard Nixon."
11. John Kerry, one of the deal's leading negotiators, said Trump is
not helping the "forgotten Americans" he pledged to elevate, but
instead will give their kids asthma (perhaps as soon as this summer!).
10. Al Gore released a statement that included the bold claim that
"Trump's decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of
Americans want from our president" — this despite the fact that as a
candidate Trump repeatedly promised to do exactly this and won soundly
9. The ACLU, an organization ostensibly centered around civil
rights, offered the bizarre claim that leaving the Paris agreement is
"a massive step back for racial justice and an assault on communities
of color across the U.S."
8. CNN's Fareed Zakaria upped the crazy a notch higher, telling
Jake Tapper "this will be the day that the United States resigned as
the leader of the free world."
7. Elon Musk, who runs three companies that all depend to some degree
on the idea that carbon dioxide will destroy planet Earth, said he
takes America's removal from this largely symbolic agreement so
seriously that he's going to make up the difference and stop
crisscrossing the world in a private jet. Just kidding, he said he's
resigning his symbolic post on a symbolic presidential council.
6. Barack Obama, breaking again with the tradition of erstwhile
presidents refraining from attacking their successors, channeled his
inner Miss Cleo, arguing he knows what the future holds, and Trump's
decision means America now "joins a handful of nations that reject the
future." (Obama's prophesy, for those wondering, foretells a
"low-carbon" world that showers wealth upon fellow believers.)
5. MSNBC's Donny Deutsch, apparently seeking a compelling way to
express his philosophical differences with Trump, said the president
"is a sociopath." Also, "very dangerous."
4. John Kerry — yes, he appears twice in this list — also released a
lengthy statement on Facebook, in which he offered the
utterly-lacking-in-perspective take that Trump's decision "will rightly
be remembered as one of the most shameful any president has made."
Really? Worse than FDR locking up innocent Japanese Americans? Worse
than President Adams outlawing criticism of his administration, and
jailing critics? Worse than JFK's Bay of Pigs fiasco? Think before you
Facebook, Mr. Kerry!
3. Serial fabricator/MSNBC anchor Brian Williams intoned that "on a
sunny day in the Rose Garden," President Trump delivered a "dark
speech," and then approvingly quoted an Obama official who likened
Trump to Hugo Chavez.
2. Apparently of the opinion that Kathy Griffin pretending to
behead Trump wasn't quite distasteful enough, an editorial cartoonist
for the Australian Financial Review, David Rowe, likened Trump leaving
the Paris agreement to ... beheading the entire planet.
1. And New York's Daily News takes the cake. Trying to recapture
the glory of its notorious "Ford to City: Drop Dead" headline from the
70s, tomorrow's front-page will appear
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