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Amy Klobuchar Mocks Donald Trump’s Climate Change Tweet: ‘I’m Sorry If It Still Snows in the World’

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D - Minn.) on Monday fired back at a tweet from President Donald Trump that falsely conflated climate and weather in an apparent attempt to cast doubt on the very real threat posed by climate change.

Over the weekend, Klobuchar announced she intended to run for president. She spoke at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis amid heavy snow, typical of a Minnesota winter. 

The president—who has long been a climate-change truther—tweeted: "Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!"

amy klobuchar snow donald trump tweet Senator Amy Klobuchar (Democrat - Minnesota) announces her presidential bid in front of a crowd gathered at Boom Island Park on February 10, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Asked about the tweet from the president on ABC's Good Morning America, Klobuchar said, "That is so wrong."

"I'm sorry if it still snow in the world," Klobuchar added. "But the point is that we know climate change is happening. Just this last year it was one of the four hottest years in the history of the world. That's what's happening right now. We see this Greenland ice sheet melting. Look at those wildfires in Colorado and California." 

Klobuchar also sent a little dig directly at Trump. 

"We cannot ignore [climate change]," she said. "And what I said to [Trump] back was, 'I'd like to see—when he called me a snow-woman—I'd like to see how his hair would fare in a blizzard.'"

Experts have repeatedly warned that not only is climate change very real, but also that we only have a few years to act before we will no longer be able to ensure the effects are somewhat manageable. 

Trump said he did not believe a report from his own administration that stated climate change will cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars. According to CNN, he also shrugged aside a U.N. report that said the world needed massive action by 2030.

As NASA's website (and countless other expert sources) states, weather is what's happening in the atmosphere over a short period of time while climate is how the atmosphere behaves over longer periods. So, the presence of a snow storm does not negate the fact that the globe is warming, or that that warming has been caused by human beings. 

But Trump has long denied that. He's even gone as far as to (without evidence) call climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government. 

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," he tweeted in 2012. 

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