After an interview with Lesley Stahl on 60 minutes where Trump maintained his view on climate change and claimed climate change can “change back” (whatever that means), he is at it yet again, this time he said that he has a “natural instinct for science”.
On Tuesday, in a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press, Trump was asked what he thinks about a recent report by The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which states that by 2030, the world’s temperature will rise by 1.5 Celsius, resulting in extreme drought, wildfires, floods, and food shortages. Trump was exactly Trump in his reply. He said “You have scientists on both sides of it. My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years, Dr. John Trump.”
“And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.”
Okay, I am almost rolling on the floor with laughter as I write this. Wait a minute, so Trump actually feels in his head that he has a natural instinct for science because his uncle was a scientist? And how does anyone even have a natural instinct for science? How Trump’s mind works is just amazing and amusing at the same time.
The Internet, of course, shared their thoughts on this bizarre claim
There is no "natural instinct for science." This is not a thing. There is curiosity, there is exploration, and there is the desire to learn & grow & test one's naive notions against cold hard data. Believing in a "natural instinct for science" is anathema to everything science is
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) October 17, 2018
I’m glad you have a scientist uncle and that makes you have a “natural instinct” for science. Go to fucking grad school and you’ll see there’s NO SUCH THING as a natural instinct for science. Go away. God I hate expressing political views on social media but holy shit pic.twitter.com/Wo3ZjtN6oR
— 🤷🏻♀️ (@lauren_pepsi) October 17, 2018
trump: “I have a natural instinct for science.”
'Instinct' is the opposite of 'science.' There is no 'instinct method.'
— John Lundin 🌊 (@johnlundin) October 17, 2018
Of all Trump's absurd boasts, the notion that he has a "natural instinct for science" may be the most ludicroushttps://t.co/08JlCqw0fC
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) October 17, 2018
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