Gosar Explains Away Climate Change Via Photosynthesis

“Unfortunately you haven’t been taught about photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is where plants take carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. That’s a problem in today’s world. We haven’t taught kids exactly what’s going on in America and in science.”

— Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), offering an interesting explanation for why he thinks climate change isn’t real, Axios reports.

W.Va. GOP Lawmaker Compares Gay Community to the Ku Klux Klan

“The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate.”

— West Virginia Delegate Eric Porterfield (R) compared the gay community to the Ku Klux Klan after an anti-gay and lesbian rant he delivered in committee, the West Virginia Mail Gazette reports. He also called the gay community a “terrorist group” and said he is being “persecuted” by the gay community in retaliation for his remarks, including receiving threats on Facebook and voicemails.

Kudlow Claims Furlough Government Employees Are ‘Volunteering’ for Trump

“God bless them. They’re working for free. They’re volunteering. But they do it because they believe government service is honorable and they believe in President Trump and they’re working as hard as ever.”

— White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters that thousands of federal employees working without pay were “volunteering” because of “their love for the country and the office of the presidency and presumably their allegiance to President Trump.”

It’s Official — The U.S. Is Now the Laughingstock of the Entire World

Kimberly Alters of the Week covered Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly today. Here’s how it went:

President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, speaking directly to the gathered world leaders for the second time in his presidency. “One year ago, I stood before you for the first time,” Trump said to begin his speech, explaining that he planned to update U.N. leaders on the “extraordinary progress we’ve made.”

Rote introduction dispensed with, Trump’s solemn tone forecasted a serious, on-message speech. That is, until his very next sentence. “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” he said — prompting laughter from his audience. Trump interrupted himself to say his declaration was “so true,” which only evoked heartier laughter from the crowd.

After an awkward beat, Trump relented: “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he said with a half-smile. Again, the crowd laughed, this time with applause. Watch the stunning moment below.

GOP Candidate Claims Christendom Under Attack

“We are being told that Western civilization is the problem in the world. Outside of Western civilization there is only barbarism. … Our Judeo-Christian ethic is what is civilization. And that is what is under attack here and abroad. It also goes by a different name. Christendom. It’s under attack. And even speaking about it can bring you under attack. It has brought me under attack.”

— Kansas state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald (R), who is running for Congress, told a group of Republicans that “outside of Western civilization there is only barbarism,” CNN reports.

GOP Lawmaker Blames Porn for Scool Shootings

“It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there. All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause.”

— Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), asserting that pornography is a “big part” of what is driving the spike in school shootings, the HuffPost reports. She didn’t clarify what it is about porn that she thinks is leading to school massacres.