Sanders rips 'profound scientist' Trump for claiming wind turbine 'noise causes cancer'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE for once saying that the noise from wind turbines causes cancer, describing Trump as a "profound scientist" for making that claim.  

"As I’m sure you’re all aware, Trump and I have a few differences of opinion," Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said while campaigning in Ames, Iowa, according to KCCI 8, a local CBS affiliate. "But maybe the most profound difference is that Trump is maintaining the myth that climate change is a hoax."

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Sanders added that Trump is "working overtime to make sure that we have more carbon emissions," before noting that the president made a "profound remark" in regards to wind turbines causing cancer. 

"And he’s a profound scientist, someone who’s researched the issue for years and uniquely came up with that conclusion," Sanders said. 

Trump in early April floated the claim that the noise wind turbines emit causes cancer while speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner. 

“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer,” Trump said.

There is no evidence to back Trump's claim that noise from wind turbines may cause cancer. 

Both of Iowa's GOP senators criticized Trump's statement, with Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (R-Iowa) saying that the president's comments on wind power were "idiotic."

"I have church bells that ring across from my office here in D.C.  I know that noise doesn't give me cancer, otherwise I'm sure I'd have church bell cancer," Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstRepublicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund GOP seeks to make Biden synonymous with inflation MORE (R-Iowa) said, according to a Des Moines, Iowa NBC affiliate

 
Trump has repeatedly voiced critical comments about wind power. He said at a rally in Michigan earlier this year that the power source was unreliable because the wind doesn't always blow. 

"If it doesn't blow, you can forget about television for that night," Trump said.