President Trump made the announcement Thursday from the Rose Garden that it was in America's best interest to pull out of the Paris climate accord because it would be detrimental to the nation's economy. Environmental activists protested his decision, worried what the withdrawal will mean for Mother Nature. Others like Joyce Chaplin, a tenured chair at Harvard University, tried to use some U.S. history to criticize Trump's decision for withdrawing from the deal.
The USA, created by int'l community in Treaty of Paris in 1783, betrays int'l community by withdrawing from #parisclimateagreement today— Joyce E. Chaplin (@JoyceChaplin1) June 1, 2017
The problem, as several people pointed out on her Twitter page, is that it wasn't a treaty that granted the U.S. her independence. She earned her freedom in 1776 thanks to a group of courageous, determined patriots.
The USA wasn't created by a damn peace treaty, it was created by men who put their lives and fortunes at risk to have sovereignty, freedom.— Splodey Head Al (@AlanAshton10) June 2, 2017
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) chimed in to give Chaplin a succinct summary.
Just sad. Tenured chair at Harvard, doesn't seem to know how USA was created. Not a treaty. Declaration+Revolutionary War+Constitution=USA. https://t.co/tQALvjdkTs— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 2, 2017
Hopefully the professor will adjust her lessons accordingly.