President Donald Trump railed against the Green New Deal during a phone interview Thursday evening, falsely claiming that it would require builders to use “tiny little windows.”
“I mean they literally want to take buildings down and rebuild them with tiny little windows, OK, little windows so you can’t see out, you can’t see the light,” Trump told right-wing host Sean Hannity.
“Our country will be a Ninth World country, not a Third World country” if the plan is implemented, he added before saying that the deal was conceived of “by not smart people — AOC plus three” in reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and three other Democratic congresswomen.
The climate change-fighting resolution sponsored by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has been a favored line of attack for Republicans, who often point to policy proposals not actually included in the legislation.
Windows are never mentioned in the 14-page Green New Deal, which is more of a vision for fighting climate change and spurring economic growth than a specific prescription.
The Green New Deal does call for making buildings — a major consumer of energy — more efficient.
The U.S. should upgrade “all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification,” the resolution states.
Trump’s remarks are the latest example of his fixation on energy efficiency, following a string of comments criticizing low-flow showerheads and toilets and energy-saving lightbulbs.
"California is gonna have to ration water. You wanna know why? Because they send millions of gallons of water out to sea, out to the Pacific. Because they want to take care of certain little tiny fish, that aren't doing very well without water." — Trump pic.twitter.com/g0PrXZRgOq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2020