Guest essay by Eric Worrall
You couldn’t make it up – a week ago GOP Governor Candidate Scott Wagner called a young climate fanatic who questioned his integrity in a public meeting “young and naive”.
Now much of the climate activist movement, including Al Gore, are rushing to social media to declare how “young and naive” they are.
Young and naive: GOP candidate says climate change ‘important’ after clash with teen
Candy Woodall, York Daily Record Published 12:51 p.m. ET July 28, 2018
Three words said by a Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania have started a national fight.
That fight largely began on social media, where a video of Scott Wagner calling an 18-year-old environmentalist “young and naive,” has been viewed and shared more than 5 million times. The fight has continued on social media with people across the country, including former Vice President Al Gore, saying they are proudly young and naive, too — if young and naive means believing in climate change and holding leaders accountable.
Today, that fight is hitting the streets and knocking on 1,000 doors during the Young and Naive Rally: Our Time to Rise at Acker Park in Exton, where John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and Gov. Tom Wolf’s running mate against Wagner, will be a guest speaker.
“Our goal is telling Scott Wagner we are a movement of people ready to fight back and take action on climate change,” said Rose Strauss, the 18-year-old woman Wagner called “young and naive” after she asked him a question during a town hall meeting earlier this month near Philadelphia.”We’re taking his ‘young and naive’ comment and turning it into a rallying cry.”
OMG. 🤩. Star-struck, fanboy, moment- selfie with @rose_strauss at the Young and Naive event.
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— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) July 28, 2018
Al Gore’s declaration of his youth and naivety;
— Al Gore (@algore) July 26, 2018
The episode which sparked off this farce – GOP candidate Scott Wagner’s response to an unfounded accusation of corruption;
All I can say to Al Gore is, naive maybe, young, in your dreams pal.