Appearing as part of a stunt special “Meet the Press” episode focused exclusively on climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown dismissed rural voters in his state that did not appreciate being hit with higher fuel taxes that targeted them disproportionately.
“You won your gas tax fight,” noted host Chuck Todd, “but rural Californians didn’t like it.”
And well they shouldn’t have, since the new gas tax is especially hard on those who don’t have ready access to public transit. It’s no big deal to hike gas prices for residents who live in major metropolitan areas; they can take the bus or the trolley if they don’t want to fill up their cars. But for rural Californians who have no choice but to drive their own vehicles – Californians who are often working on a much tighter budget to begin with – it’s a punishing form of liberalism.
But Brown didn’t care about any of that. He simply dismissed rural voters as being out-of-touch simpletons who would need to eventually get with the program.
“No, they don’t,” Brown agreed. “They don’t like a lot of things. They voted against housing bonds, they voted for the Republican Cox who didn’t even make 40 percent. There is the same divide in California as in America. The red is different than the blue, and it is associated definitely with rural areas.”
He went on to praise liberal California voters for understanding they needed to pay higher taxes as a way of “helping their community.”
Brown said that Americans needed to take an adversarial approach to climate change in much the same way the country was galvanized after Pearl Harbor.
“I would point to the fact that it took Roosevelt many, many years to get America willing to go into World War II and fight the Nazis,” he said. “We have an enemy and perhaps very much devastating in a similar way and we have to fight climate change and the president has got to lead on that.”
Very much devastating in a similar way? And these clowns mock the way Trump talks?
Putting aside the absurdity of Brown’s syntax, the idea that there is any similarity between Nazis killing Jews by the thousands and a warming climate is ridiculous and offensive. Sadly, this is neither the first nor the last time we expect to hear this kind of idiotic comparison. After all, this is a party that delights in telling voters that Trump is a would-be Hitler himself, so it should come as no surprise to hear them use this rhetoric in relation to global warming.
Nor is it surprising to hear them denigrate rural Americans; for California elitists like Brown, the space in between L.A. and Nevada might as well be empty. Just like the space between California and New York. All that matters are the coasts and the cities. Everyone else can go to hell.