As thousands of activists and scientists all over the globe march in favor of science, Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to issue a series of tweets – and none of them, at least at this hour, had anything to do with the massive worldwide climate change demonstrations.
In one instance, the president even retweeted this Fox & Friends post about undocumented immigrants, showing footage of people apparently crossing the U.S.-Mexico border:
Chicago approves new plan to hide illegal immigrants from the feds, plus give them access to city services pic.twitter.com/RziZn1NHO8
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 21, 2017
Other posts from Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday included one about an upcoming campaign rally he plans to hold in Pennsylvania next week, an announcement that he will be rolling out a tax proposal on Wednesday, and yet another Fox & Friends retweet.
At the end of the day, the president’s flurry of Earth Day tweets shows that he is unable and unwilling to have a substantive discussion about important issues – in this case, climate change. Instead, at least through one of his tweets, he was hoping to divert attention away from that issue by cashing in on the anti-immigrant sentiment that got him elected in the first place.
It’s not clear if Trump will make any comment about the marches later in the day, but chances are if he does, it will only be to attack the participants and accuse them of being paid political operatives.
For now, the world continues to suffer the consequences of climate change, and the United States has a president who’s too busy tweeting to care.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.