Senator Bernie Sanders carved out a fragment of time Saturday afternoon to call the president "an idiot."
"Donald Trump believes climate change is a hoax," Sanders wrote. "Donald Trump is an idiot."
Sanders is an independent senator from Vermont who is once again running for president as a Democratic candidate in 2020. He lost the 2016 Democratic primary to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the general election.
President Trump in the past has called climate change a "Chinese hoax." In 2012, Trump tweeted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
Last fall, the president said climate change scientists had a political agenda they were following, according to a BBC report.
Earlier this year, the president said the United States is rather clean, and that it's other countries that need to clean up their act.
"Right now we're at the cleanest we've ever been and that's very important to me," Trump said. "But if we're clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good. ... So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important."
The tweet seemed to come out of nowhere on Saturday from Sanders, who remains among the top four Democratic contenders in every major 2020 poll. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads all recent polls, according to RealClearPolitics.com.
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks on stage during a forum on gun safety at the Iowa Events Center on August 10, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety.PHOTO BY STEPHEN MATUREN/GETTY IMAGES
Sanders was campaigning in Iowa when he sent the tweet, which gained some traction and even got a reply from freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is a member of four freshmen women called "The Squad," a group of women of color with whom the president sparred just a few weeks ago.
Tlaib didn't use the words climate change, hoax or idiot, but said Trump "is intentional, which makes him a danger to our democracy and our country's future."
The Twitter users who follow Sanders had partisan opinions on the senator's tweets — with many agreeing with him, and the others calling Sanders "idiot" for some of his ideas like Democratic Socialism.
Meanwhile, the president was busy on Twitter during and after the Sanders tweet, but Trump wrote about other things, not acknowledging Sanders.
Trump said that "by accident," he saw the show of comedian Bill Maher, who Trump called "wacko." He said Maher's show was full of "lies."
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