Vinny Guadagnino of MTV’s Jersey Shore calmly explained the difference between weather and climate to President Donald Trump on Twitter.
Even though it’s the end of 2017, and we’re all now well used to the bizarre being the norm, it’s nonetheless newsworthy that the most powerful person in the world was elected to the office following a career as a reality TV host, and that a former reality TV star was one of the voices attempting to educate the celebrity president on basic climate science.
Guadagnino’s tweet was in response to an earlier tweet by President Trump asserting that because this upcoming New Years’ Eve was set to be one of the coldest on record, climate change must be a hoax.
“Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “Bundle up!”
“I think climate change is more complex than global warming will make it hotter. It has to do with disruptions of atmospheric conditions,ocean patters, jet streams and shit like that,” Guadagnino replied.
I think climate change is more complex than global warming will make it hotter. It has to do with disruptions of atmospheric conditions,ocean patterns, jet streams and shit like that
— Vinny Guadagnino (@VINNYGUADAGNINO) December 29, 2017
It’s worth noting that the 30-year-old Jersey Shore cast member isn’t a total meathead — he has a political science degree from the College of Staten Island and interned for a member of the New York State Assembly. But it’s still phenomenal that someone tasked with approving budgets for prestigious scientific bodies that do critical research on behalf of the government knows less about how the climate works than someone named Vinny who unironically fist pumps “like a maniac” in white aviator sunglasses:
Just when you thought 2017 couldn’t get any more 2017. Is this year over yet?
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.