President Trump warned a rally crowd in New Mexico on Monday that the Green New Deal would turn the United States into a “hermit nation.”
Touting the country’s energy production in Albuquerque, the president threatened that “under the Green New Deal that all goes away.”
“You can forget it,” he said. “No more cows, no more airplanes, no more trips.”
Americans would only be able to have a “single car,” he said. “Make it electric.”
“You’re not allowed to drive more than 162 miles,” Trump continued.
“They’ll call us the hermit nation. We’ll never leave our house,” he added.
The “hermit kingdom” is often used as a nickname for North Korea, since the ruling Kim family has cut off most of the country’s people from the world.
Trump hinted that he planned to continue to use the Green New Deal to attack Democrats in the 2020 election.
“No it’s crazy, but that’s OK. I don’t want to do it too early because maybe they’ll change,” he said of using it as an attack line. “They want to get rid of your energy. Explain that one,” Trump said.
The president has made attacking the Green New Deal — and climate change prevention — one of his favorite refrains at his campaign rallies.
In Congress, the primary sponsor for the Green New Deal in the House is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
The president also paid homage to Hispanic Heritage Month at the rally.
“Nobody loves the Hispanics more,” he boasted. “We’ve got a lot of Hispanics. We love the Hispanics.”
Trump called out to Steve Cortes, a supporter who often appeared on CNN, who was on hand at the rally.
“He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do, so I haven’t figured that out,” the president said.
The president is hoping to pick up voters in New Mexico — a western state that went to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
To woo voters, he said he wished he could give them part of California’s wall.
“I’d love to take the sucker down and move it, right now, to New Mexico,” Trump said. “And if I did that, they’d go crazy,” he said of Californians.
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