Greenpeace Fact-Checks Trump for Sharing Climate Denial From Lobbyist Masquerading as ‘Co-Founder’

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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.”

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.”

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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Following the first voyage [in 1971], key crew members decided to formally change the name of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee to the Greenpeace Foundation. These decision makers included founders Bob Hunter, Rod Marining and Ben Metcalfe as well as Patrick Moore.
According to Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World by Rex Wyler.

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