Fear the turtle.
Indeed. Al Gore (who we've always thought looks a bit like a turtle) was the guest speaker on Sunday at the University of Maryland's commencement ceremony in College Park (where the Terrapin is the mascot). And while most commencement speakers paint an optimistic picture for the graduating class, you know, buck them up after four long years of work as they prepare to go forth into the world, Gore decided to go dark.
One might say Gore rained on their parade (get it? He's the weather guy).
Twenty minutes into his 22-minute speech, Gore just couldn't help himself.
"And I get it," he told the packed crowd of 7,500. "There are — I know — a great many supporters of President Trump," Gore said as whoops and cheers from the supporters rained down. "I do understand that. As one of his supporters put it on television, he said, 'The way I look at it, Donald Trump is chemotherapy for America.'
"Well," Gore said with his turtlish smile, "in medicine and science, some experiments are terminated early for ethical reasons." That statement brought bigger cheers from the 20somethings.
"I don't know that that will be the case, and I do not predict it," said Gore after all but calling for the impeachment of Trump. "But I do know that whether you are a Republican or a Democrat or an independent, the salvation of our democracy — for those who support Trump or oppose Trump or those who want other candidates or not — the salvation of our democracy is with the American people, and most especially with your generation," Gore said.
"Very seriously, I am also here to recruit you. Your generation has a mission ahead of it. I hope that you will find the will to succeed, and for those who don't that you do, I will repeat that in America, the will to succeed is itself a renewable resource."
Watch the video below (Gore's Trump bashing starts at around 20:00):