President Donald Trump triggered his most fervent detractors Friday by making somewhat outlandish statements about toilets, sinks and showers.
During a business roundtable, he revealed that his administration is looking into maybe loosening toilet, sink and shower water-saving regulations because these regulations are making the normal drudgery of life particularly inconvenient for the American people.
“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms where you turn the faucet on — in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it — and you don’t get any water,” he said.
“You turn on the faucet; you don’t get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out. It’s dripping out — very quietly dripping out. People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So, EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion.”
Listen to his full statement below:
“You go into a new building or a new house or a new home, and they have standards, ‘Oh, you don’t get water,” he continued. “You can’t wash your hands, practically, there’s so little water comes out of the faucet. And the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you much longer to wash your hands. You end up using the same amount of water.”
“So we’re looking at, very seriously, at opening up the standard. And there may be some areas where we’ll go the other route — desert areas. But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down — it’s called rain — that they don’t know, they don’t know what to do with it. So we’re going to be opening up that, I believe. And we’re looking at changing the standards very soon.”
It’s not clear how serious he was being. While he’s certainly displayed an avid interest in throttling unnecessary, economy damaging regulations, the tenor of his remarks suggests he may have been playing around a bit — particularly about the 15 flushes.
In fact, the president frequently makes exaggerated or sarcastic statements. But while his supporters recognize that this is simply how he speaks, some members of the apocalypse-fearing left invariably wind up taking them to heart.
Later during the roundtable Friday, the president also spoke about energy-efficient lightbulbs, which he argued cost more money and make him look bad.
Trump jokes that environmentally friendly lightbulbs “gives you an orange look.”
“I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person that’s very important to me.”pic.twitter.com/R0p1baWKdY
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 6, 2019
“And we’re doing other things. The lightbulb: They got rid of the lightbulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive. And I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me,” he said.
“It’s like a — it gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look. Has anyone noticed that? So we’ll have to change those bulbs in at least a couple of rooms where I am in the White House.”
Again, it’s not clear how much of that was a joke and how much of it was legit. Regardless, as mentioned earlier, the president’s supporters know not to take him literally when he’s just speaking casually (versus delivering an important speech).
However, the president’s most deranged detractors do NOT know this:
President Trump proving once again that he is a moron with this ridiculous rambling on light bulbs, toilets and something that comes down from the sky. pic.twitter.com/GqcEKYUdEh
— johnthomas (@jtradioranch) December 7, 2019
Trump obviously has lost it!!!! The most powerful man in the world and he speaks about toilets and light bulbs while he destroys everything good. And he holds the biscuit to unleash nuclear weapons!!!
— pearl gervais (@pearlgervais2) December 7, 2019
Anyone who saw trumps speech yesterday about toilets and light bulbs had to conclude that he is in mental decline. And, he didn’t start from a very high baseline. He uses the same words over and over, repeats himself, and makes zero sense this is who the GOP wants as a leader Wow
— American Veteran (@amvetsupport) December 7, 2019
Donald Trump claims that “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once” due to a lack of water pressure. Have YOU ever had to flush a toilet 10 times or more? 🧐
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) December 7, 2019
The naked truth is that if Trump wasn’t in the White House with unprecedented control of all branches of government, he’d be in assisted living ranting about his toilet problem to disinterested aides. That’s where we are. https://t.co/jsjzfdc4A0
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) December 7, 2019
Trump is pre-announcing he’s going to eliminate low water flushing toilets to help destroy the environment, which is what all Republicans want judging by their support of his other plans
— Doctor Synth (@RSepeta) December 7, 2019
Pressure, the word is water PRESSURE. What an embarrassment. Rage eating tends to cause clogged toilets, big boy. @realDonaldTrump
There really is a room full of people looking for ways to waste money and destroy the environment isn’t there? https://t.co/27NIqW2NaX
— Antsy One–Cranberry Sauce From a Can🦃🏈🥧 (@iamnottense) December 7, 2019
Is it really THAT serious?
Just to be clear, the president has been a leading champion for the environment, regardless of fear-mongering and propaganda from the left.
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