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
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  • 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 .

  • Mario E.
    01/31/2020 22:06

    F****** moron you don't know how to speak nothing but s***

  • Brenda V.
    01/31/2020 21:46

    What is he talking about 🥴 And babbling about 🥱 And he's supporters in the background cheering him on he is a joke to America 🤣😆🤣

  • Faith M.
    01/31/2020 20:14

    I shudder to think of him as the president of what once was a great and wonderful country

  • Alicia T.
    01/31/2020 19:09

    The funny thing is people clapping in the back ground and laughing with him.

  • George T.
    01/31/2020 18:14

    Light bulbs, showers, dishwashers...i take a pence and wipe with a trump

  • Luke G.
    01/31/2020 17:39

    The sad this is I’m not immediately sure if this is real or a lip sync.

  • Alana R.
    01/31/2020 17:06

    He is a nut case, lock him up.

  • Gerardo G.
    01/31/2020 16:37

    faking puto

  • Jo G.
    01/31/2020 15:39

    He's such a fool.

  • Thomas W.
    01/31/2020 15:23

    He's right. But he's still nuts.

  • Marcos A.
    01/31/2020 15:07

    i dont like donald trump but i am man enough to admit that he is doing a good not by any means republican nor do i lean towards the right...however this issue should not be taken as a joke specially with the water crisis in california that is scary stuff

  • Kathleen S.
    01/31/2020 14:51

    What a sick MF.

  • Jane P.
    01/31/2020 14:23