Washington governor calls Trump a flat-earther

Washington governor calls Trump a flat-earther
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE’s skepticism of climate change is equivalent to believing that the Earth is flat.

“From the top of the Trump Tower, you can see the curvature of the Earth,” Inslee, a supporter of Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE, said of the Republican presidential nominee's denial of the scientific consensus that climate change is caused mostly by human activity.

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“So why the Republicans have given us somebody who belongs to the Flat Earth Society, I don’t understand,” he said at a Politico event on Wednesday near the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Inslee similarly labeled Republicans in Washington’s state legislature as flat-earthers for acting last year to block the comprehensive climate change legislation he endorsed.

Trump has repeatedly said that he does not believe in climate change, and he has pledged to undo all of President Obama’s climate change agenda, including his contentious regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Inslee said more people who believe in global warming need to be elected if Democrats want to make meaningful legislative headway on climate change.

“We need to elect people who accept Newtonian physics and concepts of gravity and understand climate change,” he said.