In a new interview, published on Tuesday by the New York Magazine, the governor ripped the president’s environmental credentials after a report that Trump is planning to run on climate issues in 2020.
“Whenever you read something associated with Trump, you have to ask whether it’s out of The Onion or not,” Inslee said, noting that much of what the president says can sound similar to the famous parody news site.
The governor went on to rebuke Trump for pathologically lying on meaningless topics like his father’s birth and windmills, claiming if he were to run on the climate change, it would just be another lie.
“My belief is there is no whopper too obvious and large for him not to tell, there’s no expectation of truthfulness — ever — from him,” said Inslee. “Therefore there’s no norm of honesty that he would not violate in a heartbeat, for whatever reason.”
Inslee also pointed out that many of Trump’s proposed rollbacks on climate regulation are unpopular “with quite a number of Republicans in my state.”
“The things he is doing are so palpably violative of any sense of health,” he said. “He’s trying to strip our state’s ability to protect our clean water, he’s trying to take away a state’s ability to protect its own citizens.”
“I’m trying to think of an important protection of clean air or water that he has not threatened, from coal plants to CAFE, to now this latest assault on the clean water standards,” the Washington state governor added.
The governor went on to say because of those reasons, “nothing would shock me, but I don’t think it would succeed,” as he argued that Trump could lose the 2020 presidential election if he embraces this as a core issue within his campaign.
Inslee also argued that Trump’s denial of climate change could be a reflection of his poor character.
“This is as much an issue of character as it is science. This is a character issue, in what you believe about the American people,” he said. “I believe we’re optimists, not pessimists like Donald Trump.”
The governor urged that we need to continue to “do big things” and not reflect the “pessimistic” outlook of our president.