Outgoing Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) turned some heads with his latest hot take on climate change.
In 2018, California faced several major wildfires that destroyed homes and claimed more than 80 lives. While some, like President Donald Trump, believe these fires could have been prevented through forest management practices, Brown believes the fires were particularly damaging due to the changing climate.
During an interview with Meet the Press, Brown made a jaw-dropping statement comparing the battle against climate change to fighting the Nazis during World War II.
California Democrat Governor Jerry Brown compares fighting climate change to fighting Nazi Germany, says Climate Change is "very much devastating in a similar way" as Nazi Germany. pic.twitter.com/2Vwg4j0pxz
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 2, 2019
“I would point to the fact that it took [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt many, many years to get America willing to go into WWII and fight the Nazis. We have an enemy, though different, perhaps very much devastating in a similar way. We’ve got to fight climate change and the president’s got to lead on that.”
As expected, many found these comments to be both offensive and historically inaccurate.
For example, Roosevelt didn’t go around lobbying for Americans to enter WWII to fight the Nazis. The Japanese forced a move when they bombed Hawaii during the attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Many took to Twitter to question Brown’s insensitive comments.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 2, 2019
Theory: these politicians who have never faced real war or been in battle must create something to make their lives fulfilling. Climate change may be real and serious, but to compare it to what the greatest generation faced and died for is just pathetic.
— Michael Dainton (@huskermikeohio) January 2, 2019
Although his comments may be shocking, Brown is not the first person to try (and fail) to make the comparison. As IJR previously reported, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also made the comparison.
Watch Ocasio-Cortez’s comments:
“We had a direct, existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany and the Axis who explicitly named the United States as an enemy. And what we did is that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialize our entire economy. We put hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people to work defending our shores and defending this country. We have to do the same thing if we’re going to get us to 100 percent renewable energy.”
While Ocasio-Cortez may just be starting her political journey, Brown’s is coming to an end.
He served the people of California as governor from 1975 to 1983. He then ran again and took back the governors mansion in 2011. Brown declined to run for reelection in 2018, allowing his Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) to run and win the seat.
Although Brown may be done in California, his name has been floated to be a Democratic candidate in 2020, but he hasn’t made any announcements.