Sanders: Climate Change a Bigger National Security Threat than ISIS or Al Qaeda

“2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said climate change represents a bigger threat to national security than ISIS or Al Qaeda, during a campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday,” Fox News reported on Monday this week.

“‘Four years ago I came here to Iowa and I was asked what is the major national security issue we face? And people thought I’d say ISIS or Al Qaeda, and those are big issues. The answer that I gave, in terms of national security, is climate change,’ Sanders said as the crowd cheered.”

Sanders is an advocate of the “Green New Deal,” along with many of his fellow 2020 presidential candidates, including those also currently serving in the U.S. Senate. (None of them, however, actually voted for the measure when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY] put the bill up for a vote.)

Sanders also went so far as to call the president “an idiot” over the issue of climate change on Saturday: “Donald Trump believes climate change is a hoax. Donald Trump is an idiot,” Sanders tweeted.