Former President Donald Trump yesterday chatted about ‘windmills killing birds’ and blamed Joe Biden for a decrease in vaccine uptake – but ignored January 6 during an interview on the eve of the anniversary.
Trump, speaking to Blaze TV’s Glenn Beck in a special titled ‘The January 6th Distraction‘, said one of the pitfalls of wind power was that turbines ‘kill birds’ and ‘decimate landscapes’.
He blamed President Biden for a decrease in vaccine uptake, claiming the Democrat’s jab mandates have damaged trust in the treatment and hurt the economy.
Beck alone covered the last year’s ‘stupid’ breach of the Capitol by pro-Trump protesters in the interview’s introduction, describing the January 6 Committee as ‘a complete sham’ and a ‘witch hunt’.
He lambasted the left for using January 6 as an ‘opportunity to demonize’ Trump and said discussions around an investigation into the incident were distracting Americans from the real issues.
It comes after Trump yesterday issued a statement calling for MAGA supporters to ‘rise up’ against Democrat overreach and criticizing Biden’s handling of the pandemic.
Former President Donald Trump yesterday chatted about ‘windmills killing birds’ and blamed Joe Biden for a decrease in vaccine uptake – but ignored January 6 during an interview on the eve of the anniversary
Trump, speaking to Blaze TV’s Glenn Beck in a special titled ‘The January 6th Distraction’, said one of the pitfalls of wind power was that turbines ‘kill birds’ and ‘decimate landscapes’
Speaking about oil, Trump complained ‘other technology does not have the power to fire up our plants.’
‘Wind is extremely expensive and, by the way, the turbines are all made in Germany and they’re all made in China – those two places.’
He claimed turbines make little difference to ‘dirty’ air and ‘atmospheric filth’ – but added ‘assuming you believe that’.
The former president said wind turbines were ‘very expensive, don’t work… very intermittent’ and said they do not ‘have the power to do what you want to do’.
‘And by the way, kills all your birds and ruins your, I mean these magnificent landscapes that are just being decimated by win.’
He also lambasted solar energy which, he said, does not have sufficient power to provide electricity to US plants.
He said the renewable energy was ‘dirty’ and said it was not a long term solution because solar panels have to be replaced ‘every ten years’.
The pair went on to discuss the Joe Biden’s handling of the pandemic, with Trump complaining the Democratic president has not ‘fixed anything’.
‘Actually, he scared people from taking the vaccine, which is interesting,’ he said.
‘When I was there, we came up with [the vaccine] and everybody wanted it. When I left, people really didn’t want it and then they do the mandates, which is terrible, shouldn’t do it.’
Asked whether he would have imposed a vaccine mandate, Trump said: ‘No and they shouldn’t have done it either. They scared everybody and they hurt the economy very badly.
‘You know, the mandates are one of the reasons you can’t get anybody to work for you. The mandates have been a disaster.
‘I would like them to take the vaccine but they have to do it if they want it. There’s plenty of people that would take it.’
Donald Trump is seen on January 6, 2021, at a rally shortly before his supporters stormed the Capitol
People protest against vaccine mandates in Huntington Beach, California, on Monday
Trump also touched on oil prices, which he wrongly claimed had hit $7.77 per gallon in California – one station in Gorda has reportedly charged $7.59 in recent months, though it is thought this is because it is 40 miles from the next gas station.
He blamed the Biden administration’s decision to reverse his policy to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the high prices.
The former president also spoke about the origins of Covid-19 and said he had stopped funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has been blamed for leaking the deadly virus.
He also claimed he had ignored advice given by Dr Fauci, who he described as ‘not a great doctor’ but ‘a great promoter’.
‘Everything he wanted, I didn’t do,’ Trump said, claiming that Dr Fauci is ‘totally controlling Biden’.
The comments come after he released a statement yesterday calling for MAGA supporters to ‘rise up’ in a statement that raised eyebrows on the eve of the anniversary of the Capitol riot.
Trump had planned to hold a press conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, but was warned against it by his allies, who felt it was provocative and likely to be damaging.
Instead, he issued a statement criticizing Joe Biden’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Now, there’s talk by the Biden Administration again about closing schools and even vaccine mandates for school children,’ Trump said.
‘This is an outrage, and MAGA nation should rise up and oppose this egregious federal government overreach.’
Thousands of Trump supporters are seen on January 6, 2021, marching towards the Capitol
The riot of January 6 left 150 members of law enforcement injured, and cost five their lives
Joe Biden will speak from the Capitol this morning.
The White House said Biden would push back against Trump’s claims, adopted by many of his followers, that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud, as well as attempts to downplay the violence of the worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812.
On Wednesday evening, Trump launched a scathing attack on his successor, but with no reference to the anniversary.
‘The Democrats are so incredibly mandate happy,’ Trump said.
‘The Biden Administration’s response to COVID is getting worse every day. Joe Biden said, ‘there is no federal solution’ to the pandemic, but he then federalized the distribution of antibodies, and red states are getting the short end of the stick.
‘In my administration, we respected the role of Governors to take care of their own states, and they could request antibodies and therapeutics depending on what they needed. That’s the way our Country is supposed to be run.’
Trump then boasted about his own government creating ‘vaccines in record time’, but said mandates were wrong.
‘People should be able to choose how they want to govern their own health. The federal government must be reined in and give the people back the freedom to decide whether they want to be vaccinated or not.
‘Joe Biden said he would never issue mandates, but he did it anyway like so many other things.’