Trump's obsession with household goods

Sinks! Toilets! Light bulbs! The president seems to now be obsessed with certain household items — see for yourself.

Right-wing rage against the machines

From his long, failed battle against “ugly” wind turbines near his Aberdeenshire golf course in Scotland to his fight to banish energy-saving light bulbs from the White House, President Donald Trump’s objection to green initiatives seems deeply personal. Trump has only sharpened the hostility he feels towards bothersome environmental measures, which has become a feature of his U.S. presidency. Making appliances more efficient used to be seen as a relatively uncontroversial good. The first bill setting appliance standards was signed by Ronald Reagan in 1987 after passing a Democrat-controlled Congress on bipartisan lines. In 1992, George H.W. Bush signed legislation requiring toilets to use 1.6 gallons per flush, and in 2007 George W. Bush approved a law that phased out particularly energy-inefficient lightbulbs.

These regulations have made a difference

For instance, according to Appliance Standards Awareness Project data, fridges have gotten more energy efficient even as they've gotten bigger and cheaper in inflation-adjusted dollars. Consumer Reports notes that dishwashers use half the water they did 20 years ago, which also means a reduction in energy required to heat that water, though the tradeoff is they take longer to run through a cycle. And while newer energy-saving lightbulbs like LEDs are more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, they also last much much longer and save consumers money on their electricity bills.

Sinks! Toilets! Light bulbs!

Denouncing toilets, lightbulbs, and sinks as worse than they used to be is a way to both tap into a powerful strain of nostalgia and express contempt for the regulatory state. These rants from Trump showcase what makes him different from previous Republican presidents, who endorsed the ordinary regulations that are now the target of iconic right-wing rage. This rhetoric is coupled with actual action that experts say will confine future efforts to make appliances more efficient and fight climate change.


01/15/2020 8:39 PM


  • Matt C.
    12/08/2020 03:37

    This isn't a political rally. It's a wacko rambling.

  • Patrice P.
    12/03/2020 16:59


  • Phil M.
    07/24/2020 03:56

    What a F**king idiot

  • เจริญพร อ.
    06/13/2020 07:40

    ไอ้ชาตินรก ทรัมป์อปัรีย์

  • Vibhuti B.
    05/17/2020 00:32

    😂What was that!

  • Vivienne A.
    04/18/2020 20:16

    Wow! What’s wrong with this guy? 😂

  • Jaymie F.
    04/15/2020 17:04


  • Allison M.
    04/15/2020 16:53

    What is he on..!!!!!

  • Peter B.
    04/15/2020 12:55

    This from The POTUS Can you believe it

  • Irena K.
    04/14/2020 19:38

    Every time Trump talks I feel like we as society are collectively becoming dumber

  • Irena K.
    04/14/2020 19:32

    This is a huge embarrassment! We live in nightmare and can’t wake up!

  • Ronald N.
    04/14/2020 11:17


  • Crowe J.
    04/14/2020 05:09


  • Oscar Q.
    03/11/2020 13:42

    What a ignorant, he dosen't know what he is talking about... and his followers applauded.... what a disgrace..

  • Charlene B.
    02/22/2020 01:32

    What in Gods name is he talking about,????

  • Sharon P.
    02/01/2020 02:17


  • Tia L.
    02/01/2020 00:05

    He is HOPELESS!

  • Janice K.
    01/31/2020 23:43

    This person is the president. 🤪. Please vote blue 👍

  • Bruce W.
    01/31/2020 23:26

    I am so glad his plumer hates him I wish I was his electrician

  • Patti K.
    01/31/2020 22:32

    Brut. You are deranged .

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