Amy Klobuchar Doubles Down on Global Warming Despite Campaign Launch Blizzard
On Monday morning, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, responded to President Donald Trump's mocking tweet. She doubled down on global warming and laughed off Trump's new nickname for her: "snow woman."
Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos asked Klobuchar about climate change, referencing Trump's tweet on Sunday.
"Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures," Trump tweeted. "Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!"
"He's saying, basically, 'If it's snowing, we don't have a problem,'" Stephanopoulos said.
"Okay, that is so wrong," Klobuchar responded. "I'm sorry if it still snows in the world, but the point is that we know climate change is happening."
"Just this last year, it was one of the fourth hottest years in the history of the world. That’s what’s happening right now," she argued. "We see this Greenland ice sheet melting. Look at those wildfires in Colorado and California."
The 2020 Democrat laughed off Trump's new nickname for her, saying, "It could be so much worse." (Perhaps thinking of "Pocahontas" Elizabeth Warren.) Shooting some invective back in the president's direction, she concluded with a quip: "I’d like to see how his hair would fare in a blizzard."
Indeed, Klobuchar did announce her campaign Sunday amid growing blizzard conditions. Blizzard warnings were in effect across south central Minnesota Sunday afternoon, and the senator announced her candidacy in Minneapolis.
Klobuchar made this a point of pride, telling CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, "What makes me unique is I did this announcement speech in the middle of a blizzard and I think we need people with grit — I have that grit." It seems she's proud to be a "snow woman."
Responding to Trump in a tweet, Klobuchar insisted that "science is on my side."
On the substantive issues of climate change, the senator is correct that one snowstorm does not disprove the global warming theory. The record cold temperatures — not that unusual by geologic history standards, but stunning and dangerous for modern humans — may pose such a problem, however.