A British company has named a recently-discovered blind, worm-like amphibian after the US president.
Due to its characteristic of burrowing its head in the ground, EnviroBuild decided to name it after Donald Trump as it shares the same behavior as the president’s stance on climate change.
“Donaldtrumpi” is a “caecilian”—which means “blind”—worm that spends time underground and “capable of seeing the world only in black and white,” according to EnviroBuild. The blind amphibian lost its limbs 60 million years ago and is equipped with tentacles to find its prey. Due to its susceptibility to climate change, it has found itself in danger of extinction.
Trump typically burrows his head underground to avoid scientific consensus on climate change so the company found this opportunity too good to miss and paid US$25,000 for buying the rights to name the species.
Trump has always been a skeptic when it comes to climate change. In 2013, he tweeted, “Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!” and his opinion didn’t change since he became president. Trump also dismissed a US government research report on climate science because he “didn’t believe” the findings.
The first species from Rainforest Trust’s Species Legacy Auction has been named! @ENVIROBUILDcom, who purchased the naming rights to a caecilian, have chosen to name this legless amphibian after Donald Trump to bring attention to climate change. https://t.co/ytKQqwwUtz pic.twitter.com/HrFRYT3wEc
— Rainforest Trust (@RainforestTrust) December 19, 2018
We bought the naming rights for a caecilian that can only see light and dark at @RainforestTrust‘s charity auction. @RealDonaldTrump must see the world in black & white to think climate change is a hoax; he’s a perfect namesake! #COP24 #charitytuesday https://t.co/497929Dklk pic.twitter.com/xD2YXxBJ3W
— EnviroBuild (@ENVIROBUILDcom) December 18, 2018
[via CNN, opening image via EnviroBuild]
Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013