On Wednesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo spoke with Anthony Scaramucci from Donald Trump’s transition team in a maddening interview that should have earned him a medal for his composure.
The discussion centered around the Trump transition team’s creepy memo to the Department of Energy requesting the names of employees and contractors who attended climate change seminars within a certain number of years.
The immediate reaction of employees within the DOE was fear and outrage. There was no legitimate reason for a civilian transition team to demand names of federal staff and contractors.
The consensus was that Trump wanted to build a list of people he needed to replace in that department.
However, Scaramucci denied the notion that Trump was creating a “blacklist” within the DOE.
Cuomo then pivoted to another discussion involving climate change. The host asked:
“Well, you’ve got different conversations. You have ‘Do you accept the science of man’s impact on the warming of the planet?’ And then you have ‘Well, what policy considerations do you make in light of that science?’ That’s one discussion. My first question, though, I’m not completely satisfied on yet, which is, I don’t get that intellectual exercise to find out who worked on global warming. Why do you need to know who worked on global warming?”
This led to a back and forth battle between the host and a man who is apparently the Mad Hatter’s New Yorker cousin.
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI (TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM): I know that the current president believes that the human beings are affecting the climate. There are scientists that believe that that’s not happening. I think that for me personally —
CUOMO: The overwhelming consensus in the scientific community is that man’s actions have an impact on science. You have to correct that whenever it comes out. Go ahead.
SCARAMUCCI: Chris, there was an overwhelming science that the Earth was flat. And there was an overwhelming science that —
CUOMO: It’s called ignorance. You learn over time.
SCARAMUCCI: We were the center of the world. A hundred percent, you know, we get a lot of things wrong in the scientific community. You and I both know that. I’m not suggesting that we’re not affecting the change. I honestly don’t know, I’m not a scientist. If you’re asking me for my opinion, it’s probably a blend of people —
CUOMO: I’m not.
SCARAMUCCI: You’re not asking me for my opinion?
CUOMO: I’m not. And I’m not offering my own. I’m telling you that there is a consensus within the scientific community. When you say, “I don’t know,” that means you’re ignoring the consensus in the scientific community. I’m saying just be straight about it.
Scaramucci went on to pinkie swear that Trump wants both energy independence and “clean air and clean water.” He said it doesn’t matter if they believe the science because Trump will “move in that direction.”
An exasperated Cuomo once again tried to remind the Trump staffer about the consensus within the global scientific community, which believes climate change is man-made.
But like a broken record, Scaramucci only continued spewing his absurd argument. He retorted:
“But you’re saying that you do, and you’re saying the scientific community knows, and I’m saying people have gotten things wrong throughout the 5,500-year history of our planet.”
Once Cuomo realized that he was talking to a man who believed the planet was less than 6,000 years old, the CNN host must have finally understood just how pointless their entire discussion had been.
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