It seems like it’s hardly worth trying to fact-check Donald Trump anymore. He lies with a blistering frequency that can be dizzying to those tasked with trying to point out that the president has an almost hostile relationship with the truth. And that continued on Tuesday morning when he labeled a man named Patrick Moore as the “co-founder of Greenpeace.”
Trump was quoting “Fox & Friends” in his tweet and citing Moore’s declaration that “the whole climate crisis is not only fake news, it’s fake science.”
Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.” @foxandfriends Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
Greenpeace responded to Trump’s tweet with a statement saying that Moore “was not a co-founder of Greenpeace.” The group added that Moore “is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source.”
Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 12, 2019
This isn’t the first time that the environmental group has commented on Moore. In fact, a simple Google search would have revealed the Greenpeace statement (of course, Trump reportedly doesn’t use computers).
In 2010, Greenpeace put out a statement on Moore explaining his role this way:
Patrick Moore frequently portrays himself as a founder or co-founder of Greenpeace, and many news outlets have repeated this characterization. Although Mr. Moore played a significant role in Greenpeace Canada for several years, he did not found Greenpeace. Phil Cotes, Irving Stowe, and Jim Bohlen founded Greenpeace in 1970.
Trump is famous for watching “Fox & Friends” — a morning show that spends most of its airtime cheerleading the White House — and then tweeting out whatever he sees on the program.
In fact, the Greenpeace falsehood wasn’t even the only “Fox & Friends” tweet he sent out on Tuesday morning. He also tweeted about the so-called “Jexodus” (which represents a movement of Jewish people leaving the Democratic Party) after “Fox & Friends” aired a segment about the group.
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