HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While speaking at a rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday night, President Donald Trump took aim at U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.
He called her "crazy" for supporting an effort to switch the country from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
"You know, this crazy senator from Hawaii, they said, 'Do you like it?' and she said, 'Yes, I like it very much,'" Trump said, referring to the so-called Green New Deal. "How are we getting to Hawaii on a train? She didn't think about that one, but she's thinking about it, she'll figure it out."
Freshman Democrat U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the measure that calls for aggressive action to combat climate change, including repairing and upgrading U.S. infrastructure to make them more energy efficient and building resilience against climate change-related disasters.
Trump claims that the Green New Deal would shut down American energy and kill the airline industry. He's referring to a FAQ on Ocasio-Cortez's website that said the plan would "build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary."
Trump also remarked that the Green New Deal "sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark."
In a statement to Hawaii News Now on Tuesday afternoon, Hirono responded to President Trump’s comment.
“As usual, climate change denier Donald Trump makes things up and doesn’t know what he’s talking about," Sen. Hirono said. "While the Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to combat climate change, it does not call for the elimination of air travel. I will continue to fight against this president’s lies.”