A fundamentally unserious person. Remarkably, even after the latest large-scale terrorist attack, there are people out there that are psychotic enough to claim the weather has something to do with terrorism.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders doubled down on the link between terrorism and climate change Sunday in defense of his stance that global warming presents the greatest national security threat to the United States.
“If we are going to see an increase in drought, in flood, and extreme weather disturbances as a result of climate change, what that means is that people all over the world are going to be fighting over limited natural resources,” the Vermont senator said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” elaborating on an arugment he made during the CBS News Democratic debate Saturday night. “If there is not enough water, if there is not enough land to grow your crops, then you’re going to see migrations of people fighting over land that will sustain them. And that will lead to international conflict.”
Pressed by moderator John Dickerson over the explicit link between a drought and the Paris attacks this weekend, Sanders took the connection one step further.
“When people migrate into cities and they don’t have jobs, there’s going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment, and people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al Qaeda and ISIS are using right now,” he said.
We hope Democrats keep running on this lunacy. Sanders, meanwhile, wasn’t the only crazy person on stage Saturday evening.
Hillary Clinton and her campaign team were on the defensive on Sunday after she cited the September 11 attacks and her ties to rebuilding lower Manhattan in response to criticism of her record with Wall Street donors. Her remarks came during the Saturday evening Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines, whichfocused heavily on foreign policy in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Clinton’s comments provoked immediate reactions ranging from bewilderment to outrage from an array of rival campaigns, political opponents, reporters and debate viewers using social media.
Republican National Committee chief strategist Sean Spicer called what Clinton said “stupid and offensive.” Mark Longabaugh, a top strategist on the Bernie Sanders campaign, said the comments were not “a legitimate defense.” Glenn Thrush, the chief political correspondent at Politico, called Clinton’s remarks “nuts and indefensible.”
The following day, at the Central Iowa Democrats fall barbecue, Clinton and her team sought to fend off attacks and questions about what she’d said on stage at the debate.
Hey, Grandma, what about your gaffes?