Environmentalist, former vice president, and climate change theory advocate Al Gore explained that he feels President Donald Trump may have won the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton because of “hyperglobalization” and the lack of trust in environmental “experts.”
Speaking with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Gore on Friday night noted that voters simply don’t trust “elites” any longer.
“We’re seeing huge changes in the global economy and the American economy,” Gore told Hayes. “Wages have stagnated for middle-income families for decades … and there is a lot of understandable unrest, and elites were slow to recognize it because the increasing inequalities kept the elites’ income going up. ”
For his part, Hayes claimed that any resistance to accepting the theory of climate change is simply “cultural,” and that the only ones who oppose it are those who associate the concept with “liberals.”
“People started to question the reliability of experts who have charted this globalization path and polices that were supposed to improve their lives,” Gore later added.
Hayes, seeming to point out the hypocrisy of Gore’s statement, claimed that Gore was one of the “experts,” one of the “elites.”
“You were one of them,” Hayes fired back at Gore.
Gore acknowledged Hayes’ remarks and admitted that the host was correct.
“Absolutely, I’ll own up that,” Gore said, and proceeded to argue that “conditions” were better in the 1990s when he was vice president.
About Trump directly, Gore added that it was only natural that a “demagogue” such as Trump engendered “understandable appeal,” because Trump’s message — according to Gore — was that the United States needed to “make a return to the past,” and that everything would be “fine.”
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Author: Sarah Taylor