Trump Believes The Yellow Vests Are Protesting The Paris Agreement

President Donald Trump cannot understand the “Yellow Vests” movement has absolutely nothing to do with the Paris Agreement

  • Trump has tweeted three times in the last week that France’s protests are related to the Paris Agreement

  • The Yellow Vests movement was started in protest of a new fuel tax but has evolved into the general cost of living and is now calling for President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation

  • The four weeks of protests have been the worst the area has seen in decades

Even diehard supporters of President Donald Trump can admit at times he needs to step away from Twitter. On Saturday he showed just why not all of his thoughts should be shared with the world after he tweeted not once, but twice, that the “Gilets Jaunes” [Yellow Vests] movement in France is related to the Paris Agreement.

Trump first tweeted the “Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris.” He went on to say there are riots and protests because “People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment.”

Perhaps the most stunning part of the tweet was how he decided to end it. In a full display of delusions of grandeur, Trump claimed the Yellow Vests were “chanting” in the streets, “We Want Trump!” He then ended the tweet with “Love France.” Both French and American journalists have stated they have not heard any chants saying “We want Trump” on the Champs-Élysées.

The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting “We Want Trump!” Love France.

Unfortunately, Trump could not leave things be after his first tweet. Five hours and six tweets later Trump decided he needed to double down on mistakenly blaming the Paris Agreement for the Yellow Vests movement again.

In the tweet, Trump said it was a “sad” day and night for Paris. He went on to suggest it was time to end the backing of the Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes. Trump went on to claim America was “way ahead of the curve” by being the only country where emissions went down last year, which was the only part of the tweet that was partially true.

Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!

First, to clear up Trump’s emission claim, the Environmental Protection Agency uses the “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks” as evidence. However, there is one problem. Due to a lag in data, the data shows the drop Trump is taking credit for occurred during Barack Obama’s last year in office.

BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy uses a different method but provides similar findings. According to BP’s data, in 2017 emissions were down 0.5 percent. The full study found that drop was the lowest in the last three years. Emissions began dropping in 2015 under the Obama admission. In 2017, the emissions were down, but still higher than the two previous years under Obama.

As far as the Paris Agreement goes, it has absolutely nothing to do with the protests and the Yellow Vests movement that the world is watching. The Paris Agreement did not impose any new taxes on people, an idea which Trump is having serious problems grasping.

The Yellow Vests movement began in Paris against President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed fuel taxes. Initially, Macron’s fuel tax implementation was suspended for six months, but now it has been canceled. Meanwhile, the Yellow Vests movement grew into the worst protests the area has seen in decades. The reasons behind the protests have evolved into a general stand against the general rise in the cost of living. The Yellow Vests are now calling for Macron to resign.

Saturday was not the first time Trump demonstrated his lack of understanding of the Yellow Vests movement. Just last week, after Macron decided to cancel the fuel tax, Trump thought it had to do with the Paris Agreement being “fatally flawed.” Macron has not backed away from the Paris Agreement like Trump’s tweet suggests and the fuel tax issue is a completely separate issue. The sooner Trump can accept this information the sooner he can stop embarrassing himself on Twitter, at least in regards to the Yellow Vests movement.

I am glad that my friend and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago. The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters in the world. I want clean air and clean water and have been making great strides in improving America’s environment. But American taxpayers – and American workers – shouldn’t pay to clean up others countries’ pollution.

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