Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE’s 2012 tweet calling climate change a Chinese hoax was the most retweeted over the course of the first presidential debate of 2016 on Monday night.
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese,” Trump said in the Nov. 6, 2012, tweet, which Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE highlighted during an answer on clean energy Monday night.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
“Donald Trump thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese,” she said, to which Trump replied, “I did not. I do not say that.”
The tweet had at least 38,000 retweets before the debate began. As of Tuesday morning, it had been retweeted more than 89,000 times. Clinton’s campaign quoted Trump’s tweet in one of their own during the debate; that message, too, was retweeted more than 73,000 times.
The official Twitter Government account deemed it the most retweeted message of the debate shortly after the event ended.
Trump doubts the science behind climate change, a position he has made clear during the campaign. Before his presidential run, he sent several tweets on the subject, calling climate change, among other things, a “hoax,” a “con job,” fictional” and “truly stupid.”