Environmentalists Are Bashing Trump’s First SOTU Before It Even Happens

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

Environmental groups started early in slamming President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, scheduled to take place Tuesday night.

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released a statement Monday bashing the president.

“From the President denying the very real and very critical threat of climate change to undercutting the First Amendment and the vital role of the free press, the damage to our society we’ve seen during the past twelve months is very real and potentially lasting,” RAN Forest Program Director Ginger Cassady said.

“We need to prepare ourselves for the fallout from the disastrous policies and precedents that this administration has been pushing forward if and when this administration comes to an abrupt conclusion,” Cassady added.

Friends of the Earth piled on more criticism Tuesday morning. While the group admitted its comments are early, it insisted the timing does not matter because “what matters are his actions. Trump has proven again and again that he acts only in service of corporate polluters, industry insiders, and the corrupt cronies he’s packed our government with.”

Students at New York University made similar remarks after being approached by a reporter from Campus Reform, though completely unaware that Trump’s speech had not happened yet. One student called Trump’s State of the Union “quite racist at the very least, if not up there with one of the most racist” speeches the president has ever given.

The State of the Union will be given at Jan. 30 at 9 p.m.

“I didn’t watch it because I couldn’t bring myself to watch it,” another NYU student told Campus Reform.

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