President Donald Trump knows “a lot about wind,” and this vast store of knowledge tells him that televisions powered by “windmills” — as supported by his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — won’t work if the wind is not blowing.
Criticizing wind-based power has become a favorite talking point of the president, with his most recent comments during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday marking the fourth time Trump has blasted the renewable energy source in recent weeks.
"If it doesn't blow, you can forget about television for that night," the president told rally goers on Thursday night. "Darling, I want to watch television.' 'I'm sorry! The wind isn't blowing.' I know a lot about wind.”
Trump made similar comments earlier this week during a phone interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, saying wind power is unreliable because “it only blows sometimes.”
And during a speech at a tank manufacturing facility in Lima, Ohio, last week, Trump employed the same example of a man trying to watch television to showcase why wind is not a viable power source.
“Let's put up some windmills -- when the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television darling, please. There's no wind -- please turn off the television quickly!" Trump told the audience.
The debut of Trump’s “darling” sketch was at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he said, “I think it's something [Democrats] should really promote...no planes, no energy. When the wind stops blowing, that's the end of your electric. 'Darling is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television.'"
Though Trump has used such criticism of wind power to counter the Democrats’ Green New Deal proposal, which seeks to make the U.S. economy entirely renewable energy-based within the next decade, his own Department of Energy’s website says “the U.S. power grid is set up to handle such variability,” The Hill noted.