Wheel of Fortune host, and hard-core conservative firebrand, Pat Sajak has frequently used his Twitter account to comment about politics and climate change. Sajak is a fierce critic of climate change and frequently mocks liberals and climate science with his tweets. On Monday evening, he sent out one particular tweet that could be seen as offensive, if it made one bit of sense. For some reason, he decided to say that those who believe climate change is real and man-made are “unpatriotic racists” looking to mislead others for profit.
I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night. — Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
This is a legitimate tweet from Sajak’s verified Twitter account. I am seriously confused how someone can be racist by agreeing with the vast majority of scientists regarding climate science. Apparently, by understanding that climate change is real, that it is caused by man, that we are seeing the impact of it now and will see even more catastrophic effects in the future if we do nothing, a person is bigoted towards someone who doesn’t believe in any of that and is therefore a racist. Oh, and that person hates America, too.
Maybe this is just some next-level satire that I don’t get, because as well all know, liberals have no sense of humor whatsoever. Just ask Sajak.
My interest in Al Gore’s pronouncements could fit into a gnat’s navel & still leave room for a Liberal’s sense of humor. — Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 7, 2014
It could be that Sajak is a comedic genius. Not only is he able to poke fun at those who believe that science is actually real, but he has ‘birther’ jokes at his disposal.
Walking along beach in HI & found presidential birth certificate that had washed up. Had no idea Bush was born here. — Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 15, 2014
In all seriousness, his “unpatriotic racists” tweet is just idiotic to the nth degree. He is obviously trying to get a reaction by using strong rhetoric to make his point. However, whatever point he is trying to make is lost due to how nonsensical the whole thing is. As stated before, perhaps this is just an attempt at comedy that is going over the heads of nearly every person who is reading it. Because, thinking that someone is a racist and also hates America just for trying to raise awareness of established science is nonsensical.
This isn’t completely new territory for Sajak, though. Like his best bud Rush Limbaugh, Sajak has tendency to make over-the-top statements when it comes to what he perceives as threats to the conservative way of life. For instance, take a look at this statement of his after President Obama was taken out of context regarding his “you didn’t build that” comment.
It’s as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled “potato” and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day…. These defining moments take hold most devastatingly when they confirm what a large portion of the electorate already believes. Taken alone, it seems unfair that a single moment, an unguarded remark or a slip of the tongue can carry such weight. They’re often dismissed as “gotcha” moments, but when voters are able to nod and say, “I knew it,” these moments stick and do terrible damage. We have witnessed such a moment.
We’ll see how Sajak responds to this tweet. Will he go the Limbauigh route, and point out that it was comedy and that liberals just don’t get it? Will he simply ignore it? Will he double-down on it?