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Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama mocked Republicans who reject global warming as a “liberal plot,” as he pumped up a crowd of environmental activists in Washington.

“Folks will tell you climate change is a hoax or a fad or a plot,” Obama said at a League of Conservation Voters dinner.

“It’s a liberal plot,” Obama said, sarcastically.

“Many who say that actually know better and they’re just embarrassed, they duck the question.

“‘They say, hey, I’m not a scientist,’ which really translates into, ‘I accept that manmade climate change is real, but if I say so out loud, I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements that thinks climate science is a liberal plot.'”

Obama compared climate change deniers to patients who ignore the science that shows they have a disease.

“I’m not a doctor either — but if a bunch of doctors tell me that tobacco can cause lung cancer, then I’ll say, okay.

“I mean, it’s not that hard,” Obama said.

The U.S. president is turning increasingly sardonic about lawmakers, not exclusively Republicans, who thwarted White House efforts during his first term to introduce a cap-and-trade system to regulate carbon emissions.

Some of Obama’s foes either doubt the science behind climate change or fear that doing something about it will involve draconian measures that will hike energy prices or harm the still fragile U.S. economy.

Obama recently unveiled a plan to use his executive powers to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The plan would let U.S. states choose their own approaches as long as each enforces restrictions on carbon emissions.

AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.