Please, Oh Please, Happy New Year

I had to run out to the hardware store on Thursday morning for two 50-pound bags of road de-icer because I live on Hoth now. My driveway and stairs are two inches of sheet ice covered with packed snow. They would kill me if they could, my driveway and stairs, so I thwarted them via chemical warfare.

The special stuff, too: Item #2 on the display rack, special because it “works at -30 degrees,” which is good, because that’s been winter for a fair swath of the country since Christmas. “Even Sharks Are Freezing to Death,” read a New York Times headline. Being outside hurts, and there is no end in sight.

Of course, President Pud decided to weigh in on this latest meteorological phenomenon with quite simply the worst “Cold enough for ya?” quip in human history. He did it via Twitter, of course, writing, “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”

The “Bundle up!” is what makes it art. No middle finger salute has ever been more prominently displayed.

For the record, this is the man who just signed off on giving a trillion dollars in taxpayer money to himself and his friends, the man who just recently received long-sought permission to build a sea wall around his Irish golf resort in Clare County because the rising oceans of climate change threaten to wash away his investment. The disconnect is both awe-inspiring and utterly predictable.

Every single thing Trump wrote in that tweet was wrong, ignorant, damaging and truly dangerous. It represents yet another brick in the wall between actually addressing climate change and ignoring it, because ignoring it makes the liberals angry. It is one of a thousand severely pressing issues this president has ignored, deplored or made measurably worse during his first disgraceful year in office.

“Making liberals angry” seems to be, in the minds of Trump supporters, the sole reason for this administration’s…

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