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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on difference with Warren: she's a capitalist 'I'm not' Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyPhRMA CEO warns Pelosi bill to lower drug prices would be 'devastating' for industry GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe On The Money: Judge tosses Trump lawsuit over NY tax return subpoena | US, Japan sign trade deals | Trump faces narrowing window for trade deals | NBA sparks anger with apology to China 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 ErnstMcConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows Iowa Democrat tops Ernst in third-quarter fundraising for Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Trump, Republicans dig in against impeachment 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.