Sep 16, 2020
WATCH: GOP Senator Confronted on CNN With Viral Clip of Trump Denying Climate Science, Admits Climate Change is Real. It is Happening
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A Republican senator — who chairs the Committee on Environment and Public Works — was confronted on CNN with the viral clip of President Donald Trump denying climate science.
Appearing on CNN Newsroom Wednesday, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) was questioned about the widely panned comments from the president by anchor Jim Sciutto — who played the clip of Trump’s remarks.
“It’ll start getting cooler,” Trump said Monday at a roundtable in California, after a state official urged the president to take climate change seriously. “You just watch.
“I wish science agreed with you,” said the official — California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot.
“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump replied.
Sciutto quizzed Barrasso on the president’s claim — which runs counter to all available scientific data.
“Is there evidence that the Earth will suddenly cool again?”
Barrasso admitted that Trump’s climate changge stance lacks any standing in fact.
“To me, climate change is real,” Barrasso said. “It is happening. Man is contributing to it.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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Is Kohls Selling Black Lives Matter Merchandise? The Viral Claim Explained
Kohl\s Facebook One of the designs from Kohl's collaboration with Cream City Print Lounge.
Many are unsure if Kohl’s is selling Black Lives Matter merchandise after the retail chain announced a partnership with the Black-owned business Cream City Print Lounge. Although the company is partnering with the Milwaukee-based business to “create a line of tees for the whole family to support racial equality,” none of the messaging on the merchandise or in the press release mentions Black Lives Matter or BLM.
Supporting anti-racism and promoting Black businesses does not necessarily mean that a company is investing or directly involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. However, as Snopes pointed out, “Some of the rhetoric and symbolism in those T-shirts overlapped with the rhetoric and symbolism prevalent within the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Snopes determined that the claim is a mixture of truth and falsehood because there is an overlap between the messaging from the BLM movement and the collaboration between Kohl’s and Cream City Print Lounge. However, a spokesperson for Kohl’s told Snopes the clothing would not feature the name of the movement itself and clarified, “The collection is not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter organization.” Heavy also reached out to Snopes for additional clarification about the claim but did not immediately hear back.The Company Made the Partnership Announcement on September 7 & Pledged $100,000 to The National Urban League, & the Viral BLM Claim Originated Soon After
Kohl’s first announced its partnership with the Milwaukee-area Cream City Print Lounge in early September, with the line of tees becoming available on September 21. The retail company also announced a donation to The National Urban League.
It’s unclear where the claim about the BLM merchandise first originated, but an article was published by Shore News Network on September 9, a couple of days after Kohl’s announcement, titled “Kohl’s Stores Announce New Line of Black Lives Matter Clothing.” That article pointed to an announcement made by Kohl’s in August in which the company pledged $1 million to the Milwaukee community through five non-profit organizations.
In that press release, Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer, said:
At a time when there is a clear call to action to do more to address inequities for People of Color, Kohl’s is committed to actions that support long-term sustainable progress in supporting these organizations. We look forward to sharing more of our plans and actions in the future to enhance diversity and inclusivity in our workplace, in our business and in the communities we serve.
There was no mention of the Black Lives Matter movement in the press release, however, and the five organizations are The Milwaukee Urban League, Employ Milwaukee, Acts Housing, Safe & Sound and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
The claim that Kohl’s is selling Black Lives Matter merchandise was amplified by Elizabeth Klave, a Twitter user who posted on September 16: “I just called Kohl’s and they confirmed that they will be selling BLM merchandise. I asked them if they were going to sell back the blue and they said no not at this time. This is a shame and they will no longer have me as a customer.” That tweet has been liked over 25,000 times and retweeted over 16,000 times.
In a subsequent tweet, the user added: “I want to assure everyone that the statement made about Kohl’s is true. I called and spoke to two people in the corporate office. They will be selling BLM merchandise beginning the 21st of this month. #boycottkohls.”
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