Over the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has made some strange claims about wind power that have been disproved, but his most recent comment from an event Tuesday night seemed to be pulled out of thin air.
“Hillary wanted to put up wind, wind. If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations — your house just went down 75 percent in value,” Trump said at a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising dinner in Washington.
“And they say the noise causes cancer, you tell me that one, OK? And of course, it’s like a graveyard for birds. If you love birds, you’d never want to walk under a windmill.”
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Here's video of Trump talking about wind mills at the NRCC dinner tonight: "They say the noise causes cancer.” pic.twitter.com/tpsmZI8k7n
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) April 3, 2019
Trump has a long and arduous history in his battle with windmills. It started before he was president when the Scottish government planned on installing wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen. Trump sued the government, saying they ruined the view from his golf resort.
Between 2012 and 2014, Trump launched a fury of tweets against the Scottish government and wind power overall, saying that windmills kill bald eagles and that they “totally destroy the environment.”
In three years people won’t be building wind turbines anymore – they are obsolete & totally destroy the environment in which they sit.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2013
Trump lost the lawsuit in 2015, but his company promised it would continue the fight.
“History will judge those involved unfavorably and the outcome demonstrates the foolish, small-minded and parochial mentality which dominates the current Scottish government’s dangerous experiment with wind energy,” the Trump Organization said in a statement at the time.
U.K. judges ruled in February of this year that the president would have to pay the Scottish government’s legal costs in the windmill battle.
That seemed to be the end of it, but two weeks ago, Trump made a wild claim at a campaign event in Ohio, implying that wind power only works when the wind is blowing.
“You know, Hillary wanted to put windmills all over the place,” he said. “Let’s put up some windmills — when the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please. There’s no wind out today, there’s no wind — please turn off the television quickly!”
He solidified his claim in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News last week.
“You look at the fact that we would have been powered by wind, which wouldn’t have worked by the way because it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about,” Trump said.