Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Thursday morning on CNN that if you use straws or eat hamburgers, you are "part of the problem."
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" with Alisyn Camerota, Buttigieg continued to push the notion, increasingly popular on the far-left, that fighting climate change is somehow equivalent to the United States' fight against the Nazis in World War II.
"I think that it makes a lot of people feel very helpless ... people feel helpless when it's something that existential," Camerota said. "So what do you do about that?"
"Right, and that's one of the things: I think the downside to us facing just how colossal of a challenge this is, is it can feel paralyzing," Buttigieg answered. "But we can rise to meet this and be proud of it. That's part of what my climate plan is about. It's not only about all of the things we've got to do technologically and with regulation and so on. It's about summoning the energies of this country to do something unbelievably hard."
"If you look at the moments when this country rose to a major challenge, overcoming the Great Depression, winning World War II, going to the moon, it required something out of all of us. And I think we could be standing taller," Buttigieg continued.
"From using a straw to eating a burger, am I part of the problem? In a certain way, yes," Buttigieg concluded.
Buttigieg's wild claim resulted in widespread mockery online with some noting his hypocrisy on the issue:
Buttigieg is not alone in his extremist climate-related views, as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made similar remarks during CNN's climate change-specific town hall last night.
Buttigieg has numerous other far-left views, including support for socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) $93 trillion Green New Deal, eliminating the Electoral College, ending all college tuition, eradicating the death penalty, abolishing private prisons, and banning large swaths of semiautomatic firearms.