TRUMP ADVISER OFFHANDEDLY ASSERTS THAT PLANET EARTH IS 5,500 YEARS OLD

Scaramucci’s comment there is interesting; he at first says the Earth is 5,500 years old, then corrects himself to say human history is that old.

CUOMO: But you don’t accept the science. Let me just move on to something else, though, which is—

SCARAMUCCI: I didn’t say that. I said I’m not certain about it—

CUOMO (talking simultaneously): You said you don’t know. I’m saying the scientific community does.

SCARAMUCCI: But you’re saying that you do, and you’re saying the scientific community knows, and I’m saying people have gotten things wrong throughout the 5,500-year history of our planet.

CUOMO (simultaneously): I think you have to distinguish between predictions and the fundamental proposition.

SCARAMUCCI (simultaneously, corrrecting his last statement): Human history, I should say.

First, I would say human history is far older; written history goes back about that far, but we have records of human art going back much farther than that, well over 10,000 years, and arguably much farther back than that.

Even if we give Scaramucci the benefit of the doubt here, the context is important; when discussing science and Trump it’s important to understand that Trump has enveloped himself in people who are creationists as well as climate change deniers; VP Mike Pence is one, Rick Perry appointed creationists to the Texas State School Board over and again, and Ben Carson said evolution is satanic and the Big Bang is a fairy tale.

As I’ve said many times, people have the right to believe what they want—even if it’s based on a fundamentally flawed view of science—but when politicians start using anti-science as a basis for their decision making and policies, then we’re in very, very deep trouble.

America, we have to do better than this. By his words and by his actions Trump has shown he is not only unfit to lead, he is exactly the opposite of fit to lead. He is actively seeking to destroy federal agencies we need to keep our planet clean, our energy production safe, our citizens healthy, and our future secure.

If you don’t trust the science—if you actively go out of your way to dismiss and distort it—then the legislation you will create will reflect that ideology. And that is a disaster, literally, for everyone.

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