Influential Democrats still haven’t learned that Barack Obama’s disastrous agenda was defeated last November. They’re still up to their old tricks. Now, a group of top Dems is staging an anti-Trump revolt.
BONN, Germany — A handful of Democratic governors and scores of other lawmakers and mayors are mounting an insurgency at the United Nations climate conference here, orchestrating a highly choreographed campaign to persuade world leaders that President Donald Trump doesn’t speak for the United States on climate change.
Several Democratic U.S. senators began meeting last week with officials from other countries, seeking to minimize Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Meanwhile, the governors of California, Virginia, Oregon and Washington — along with mayors from throughout the nation — were expected to touch off a blitz of public appearances at the conference as the meeting enters its final week.
“We are still in!” Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland told cheering activists Saturday at a pavilion set up just outside the official meeting zone, a de facto headquarters for the opposition. “I want to make it clear: The federal government is not just the president of the United States.”
The Democrats’ diplomacy — part lobbying, part public relations — comes amid widespread international concern about Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris accord. War-torn Syria announced last week that it would join the agreement, leaving the United States — if it goes through with its withdrawal — as the only country in the world outside of the pact.
On Saturday, Democratic politicians, climate activists and like-minded business interests sought to present the United States as a country divorced from its president. Speakers repeated the slogan, “We are still in,” a message splayed across an electronic ticker and on buttons at the unofficial U.S. pavilion. The pavilion’s estimated $235,000 cost was being covered by a coalition including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer.
More, via EuroNews:
Outside the venue in Bonn, social and environmental movements gathered for a peaceful demonstration under the motto “Coal, Crude Oil, Nuclear: Stop the monkey business”.
Around 2,000 pdemonstrators called for more action against climate change, with many taking part in a short march from the city centre to the COP23 venue.
Many wore creative costumes ranging from Donald Trump being driven by a polar bear to skeleton costumes, a nod to the 11th of November being seen as the start of the carnival season in parts of Germany.