Trump Regime

“I always look orange”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime announced last week that they're drafting new rules that would roll back the Obama-era requirement that the government and government contractors purchase energy-efficient LED lightbulbs rather than ancient incandescent bulbs.

The decision seemingly came out of nowhere as congressional Republicans dropped their crusade against energy efficiency years ago, so where did the decision come from?

It could be that the Trump regime is giving certain lobbyists what they want, or it could be as simple as Trump routinely resembling an orange Muppet.

"People said what's with the light bulb? I said here’s the story, and I looked at it: The bulb that we're being forced to use — No. 1, to me, most importantly, the light's no good. I always look orange," Trump said during a speech at a House Republican retreat dinner.

He said he's not the only one that the bulbs affect: He told the crowd that they, too, take on an orange tone under the lights.

"Most importantly," Trump said, he "always looks orange."

Trump went on to complain that energy-efficient bulbs cost more money, which is true, but he left out that it saves money in the long term because LED bulbs use less electricity and last significantly longer.

He also left out that energy-efficient bulbs are better for the environment but, you know, duh? Republicans don't give a shit about that. They're incapable of thinking about anyone but themselves or capable of thinking beyond the immediate future of the next quarterly report.

Assuming the Trump regime is acting with the most cynical motivations is often a safe bet, but you can always fall back on the dumbest motivations. I think this decision falls somewhere between the two.

This story has been reported as if Trump was kidding, but I don't think he was even if he prefers that we think that.

  • Draxiar

    We’re not going back to incandescent bulbs no matter how trump frames his color as being the bulbs fault…*facepalm*. The demand for LEDs is too great (building owners want LEED certified buildings more and more), the cost has dropped dramatically over just the past five years, they last- no joke- 20 times longer, and you can buy LED bulbs that look like incandescent bulbs. The average electricity cost per year of an LED bulb is $1-$1.83…Incan $10.95+.

    As stated though this isn’t about the bulbs it’s about trying to undo the good that President Obama did. Trump is just a dick….and he enjoys being a dick.

    • Agreed. There are NO arguments for incandescent bulbs versus LEDs unless you own a chicken coop. Anyone who continues to use incandescents is wasting time, energy and money.

      There was a point where I was switching to LEDs and I weighed keeping the incandescents until they burned out. Economically, it made no sense because of the annual usage costs. It’s immediately cheaper to just throw out the old bulbs and replace with LEDs. So I did.

      • Draxiar

        If used for 12 hours a day the average garden variety LED bulb will last for 11 years…if used for 8 hours a day then 17 years! Incandescent bulbs? Yeah I don’t think so.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump doesn’t make jokes. He doesn’t understand humor at even the conceptual level. If he says something, at least while he’s saying it, he’s dead serious.

    So when he makes absurd claims about light bulbs (!), he really means them, including the notion that energy-efficient bulbs give off an orange light. It’s complete bollocks, of course: LEDs are available in “warm” (~3600˚ Kelvin, or “tungsten,” color temperature) and “daylight” (~5200˚ K, roughly the color temperature of, you guessed it, daylight), and if you choose “daylight” (also called “cool white”), you’ll look a sickly, pasty white, at least if you have normal Caucasian skin tones. If you look orange, it’s because you’re orange. (Also, compact fluorescents tend to be greenish in color, and incandescents can be had as “warm” or “cool,” according to taste.)

    None of which is necessarily relevant to stage lighting.

    Donald Trump is a dimwit who said factually incorrect things. His audience probably knew it. His audience said nothing. And those three things are part of why we’re deeply screwed.


  • Aynwrong

    I’ve heard the Trump administration described as “Stupid Watergate” or “Stupid Godfather.” Trump himself is a haunting ghoulish clown like figure who torments people with long winded monologues and his own pathetic humor. He’s Pennywise. Only, you know, stupid.

  • Badgerite

    Stupid orange man says what?

  • Nefercat

    You stupid orange baboon, nobody looks orange but you. Maybe you should clean the orange spray tan off your tanning goggles.