Imagine Being the White House Staffer Who Has to Pretend Windmill Noises Might Cause Cancer
White House strategic communications adviser Mercedes Schlapp was backed into an awkward corner this morning when she was asked about President Trump’s claims that the noise from windmills might cause cancer.
When addressing the National Republican Congressional Committee’s spring dinner Tuesday night, Trump of course brought up Hillary Clinton and her campaign promise to explore alternative energy sources to combat climate change.
“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value,” Trump said. “And they say the noise causes cancer. You tell me that one, okay? Rrrrr rrrrr!”
Here’s video of Trump talking about wind mills at the NRCC dinner tonight: “They say the noise causes cancer.” pic.twitter.com/tpsmZI8k7n
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) April 3, 2019
The idea that noise—and in this case noise specifically generated by a windmill—causes cancer is, obviously, completely absurd and wholly unsubstantiated. Such obvious lies from the president have become a familiar problem for White House staffer—in theory anyway—who have been repeatedly tasked with finding evidence to support the claims after the fact.
When NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander asked Schlapp if it’s true that noise from wind turbines causes, the White House adviser appeared unprepared.
“I don’t have an answer about that, but I’ll update you if I get information,” Schlapp said.
Question: "Do wind turbines cause cancer?"
Mercedes Schlapp, White House Director of Strategic Communications: "I don't have an answer to that." pic.twitter.com/cxcZHQoov2
— The Hill (@thehill) April 3, 2019
As The Daily Beast pointed out, Trump’s bizarre vendetta against windmills has more to do with his 2006 feud against a renewable energy group that wanted to build a wind farm near his proposed site for a golf course in Scotland than it does with concerns for anyone’s health. Please do not disrupt the golf.