Twin Delusions: Capitol Rioters Were “Tourists”. Climate Change is “Fake News”

July 28, 2021

Above, exchange between Rep. Jamie Raskin and Rep. Andrew Clyde.
Rep. Clyde famously characterized the January 6 insurrection as a visit by “tourists”.

I decided to look up his position on climate change.

You won’t be surprised. Denial is a blunt psychological defense mechanism.

Atlanta Journal Constitution:

2. What should Congress do, if anything, to address concerns about climate change?

Clyde: It is not the federal government’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, or any aspect of our environment for that matter. The (Environmental Protection Agency) is an unconstitutional agency and should be dissolved. Climate change is fake news.

14 Responses to “Twin Delusions: Capitol Rioters Were “Tourists”. Climate Change is “Fake News””

  1. pendantry Says:

    While the GQP lingers in denial, the rest of the world is screwed.

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Clyde is also one of those who refuses to tell us whether he has been vaccinated or not. Hope he hasn’t and that we’ll get lucky as we have with other Republican naysayers.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Those Republicans who have refused the vaccine proclaim it loudly.
      Those who refuse to answer, like Tucker Carlson, have been vaccinated. They know the vaccines work and they save lives, but they really really want things to go to shit while Biden is in office.

      • John Swallow Says:

        rhymeswithgoalie Says: “They know the vaccines work and they save lives, but they really really want things to go to shit while Biden is in office.” ‘They really really’ didn’t have to wait long for this to happen, did they? Why was in the Oval Office when the vaccines were developed?
        If you want an impossible mission to go on, I will present it to you now. Give me a list of the most important things for the welfare of the nation that Joe Biden has done during the time that he has pretended to be the president since January 20. This is a list of what has happened to America since your hero, Joe Biden, took over and I’m sure that you are proud of what he has done.
        CONSUMER PRICE INDEX – MAY 2021
        The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6 percent
        in May on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.8 percent in April, the
        U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the
        all items index increased 5.0 percent before seasonal adjustment; this was the
        largest 12-month increase since a 5.4-percent increase for the period ending
        August 2008.
        The index for used cars and trucks continued to rise sharply, increasing
        7.3 percent in May. This increase accounted for about one-third of the
        seasonally adjusted all items increase. The food index increased 0.4 percent in
        May, the same increase as in April. The energy index was unchanged in May, with
        a decline in the gasoline index again offsetting increases in the electricity
        and natural gas indexes.
        The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.7 percent in May after
        increasing 0.9 percent in April. Many of the same indexes continued to increase,
        including used cars and trucks, household furnishings and operations, new
        vehicles, airline fares, and apparel. The index for medical care fell slightly,
        one of the few major component indexes to decline in May.
        The all items index rose 5.0 percent for the 12 months ending May; it has been
        trending up every month since January, when the 12-month change was 1.4 percent.
        The index for all items less food and energy rose 3.8 percent over the last
        12-months, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending June 1992. The
        energy index rose 28.5 percent over the last 12-months, and the food index
        increased 2.2 percent.
        https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm

      • John Swallow Says:

        Give me a list of the most important things for the welfare of the nation that Joe Biden has done during the time that he has pretended to be the president since January 20. Do you believe that having the inflation rate now at 5.0% is going to benefit the nation? Inflation hurts the least able to afford to pay more for everything they buy with dollars that are becoming more worthless every day that Biden increases the national debt. Is this that happened in Zimbabwe what Biden and his handlers envision for America? “This lopsided economy is a legacy of the collapse of Zimbabwe’s currency. Inflation reached an absurd 231,000,000% in the summer of 2008. Output measured in dollars had halved in barely a decade. A hundred-trillion-dollar note was made ready for circulation, but no sane tradesman would accept local banknotes”.
        On January 2021 the rate of inflation was 1.4%, by April it had risen to 4.2% and now after just 5 months of your wonder boy, stumbling, mumbling Joe Biden, in charge of the nation, it is at 5.0%.

        Current US Inflation Rates: 2000-2021
        The annual inflation rate for the United States is 5.0% for the 12 months ended May 2021 after rising 4.2% previously, according to U.S. Labor Department data published June 10. The next inflation update is scheduled for release on July 13 at 8:30 a.m. ET. It will offer the rate of inflation over the 12 months ended June 2021. https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/current-inflation-rates/

  3. jimbills Says:

    Right now, the Republican party is busily purging its moderate members, re-drawing political maps in individual states (that’s going to be big news after they win, or come close to winning, the House in 2022), and changing election laws in marginal states to favor their candidates. Their media is increasingly far right, radicalizing their base. This is a party far from ever recognizing climate change as a major threat, let alone approving plans that enact governmental solutions.

    The thing about conservatives (at least the modern ones in the U.S.) is that reality or a search for objective truth are way down on their list of priorities. At the top of that list are their ideological beliefs – less government (except when it favors nationalism), individual freedoms (except for things that go against religious beliefs), their religion, nationalism, and so on. Areas with a high concentration of conservatives amplifies and solidifies itself into a very tribalist culture.

    Individuals that go against that created cultural identity are considered traitors, and groups outside of their own are considered enemies.

    Such groups and individuals cannot accept ideas or facts that contradict established beliefs in their own culture. Unfortunately, climate change has been decided to be false in that culture. Because it bumped up against governmental actions, Covid ran up against their ideological beliefs, and was rapidly put into the same category as climate change. Trump tapped into this cultural identity, and those against him are labeled as enemies within that culture.

    Facts do not matter to them. Protecting their beliefs is far more important.

    Here’s an example from today:
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/07/jan-6-hearing-julie-kelly-fanone-crisis-actor-whew.html

    Do not hold your breath that they’ll suddenly ‘come to the light’ on climate change, Covid, Trump, or anything else that conflicts with their beliefs. It actually takes getting into the hospital with severe Covid for individuals to realize they were wrong, and that’s only some of them that are hospitalized, and those hospitalized are just a small percentage of conservative groups as a whole. The rest continue, and will continue, to believe it’s all fake.

    The politicians that represent these groups are essentially cowards. Even if they believed it was nonsense, as several likely do, they remain silent because they know they’ll get removed from office if they speak or act out. And, most of them prioritize political power over the truth, anyway (McConnell is the prime example). It’s extremely rare for there to be a GOP politician like Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger, and they are immediately hated by their party for going against Trump, despite their years of protecting GOP policy.

    Their media, cynically, knows it can make more money by pitching wilder and wilder stuff and by echoing what they believe already.

    These people WON’T change. They actually can’t. On climate change, it will take years and years of horrific events to get some of them to accept it as a problem, and even then many will still revert to their core political principles of less government.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      You left out the National Debt and avoiding deficits.
      The National Debt is only a talking point when a Dem is president. While W. and Trump were in office, not a whisper as they looted the treasury to invade Iraq (W.) or cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy (DJT).

      These people WON’T change. They actually can’t.

      As with religious Creationists, some can, but they are few and far between. The rest are emotionally trapped in their fact-proof bubbles.

      • jimbills Says:

        There are always exceptions:
        https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/29/health/vaccines-in-secret-missouri/index.html

        The big problem is when a belief becomes a part of tribal identity. You can sway an individual IF that individual is somewhat open-minded (low probability) with a lot of effort. You can’t sway the group. It remains, and it takes generations for true cultural change in that group.

        On debt, that’s an established GOP practice since Reagan – explode the debt when in power, then tighten the purse strings jealously when the Democrats are in power.

        • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

          The big problem is when a belief becomes a part of tribal identity.

          You see that a lot with religious beliefs. People want to know what they’re supposed to believe. They might believe, say, that The Bible is the Word of God. If they truly believed that, wouldn’t they make damn sure they knew what was in it? Instead, they just repeat that they believe it and echo whatever interpretation the preacher gives them, and have no idea of the number of horrible things are in The Bible.

    • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

      See primarily a determination to retain power for it’s own sake.


  4. There is a picture of the Congressman cowering in a corner behind an armed, plain clothes security man as these “tourists” batter at the, heavily barricaded, door to the House.

    The man is a fantasist


  5. And the Earth is flat.


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