Inslee: Trump 'simply moronic' on wind power

Inslee: Trump 'simply moronic' on wind power
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE's view of wind power and other environmentally friendly initiatives are "moronic" and "narrow-minded."

Inslee, who announced last week his bid for president in 2020, pushed back on ABC's "The View" against Trump's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference over the weekend in which the president mocked the Green New Deal and Democrats' focus on wind power.

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"When Donald Trump said that, you know, we’re not going to have toasters and TVs if we have wind power, that’s just simply moronic is the best way I can say it," Inslee said.

"He is just such a pessimistic and a narrow-minded thinker," he added. "He needs to get with the rest of Americans that understand the country that sent a man to the moon can develop a clean-energy economy."

In his speech on Saturday, Trump mimed a scene of a man looking outside and saying, "Darling, is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television, darling."

Inslee, 68, announced his candidacy for president in a video released on Friday morning in which he said that his campaign would be the only one to make fighting climate change its No. 1 priority. 

The governor on Monday insisted that combating climate change would lead to broader economic benefits, pointing to the number of jobs in the solar panel and wind turbine industries. He also argued that developing a plan to fight climate change will in turn lead to national security benefits.