President Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, promised to roll back Obama-era Department of Energy efficiency standards on household appliances like dishwashers, lightbulbs, toilets, and showers that he said were "worthless."
"I’m also approving new dishwashers that give you more water so you can actually wash and rinse your dishes without having to do it 10 times -- five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 times," the president promised.
"Anybody have a new dishwasher?" the president asked the crowd. "I'm sorry for that. I'm sorry for that, it's worthless. They give you so little water. You ever see it? Air comes out. So little water. So what happens? You end up using it ten times."
You have to wash plates "the old fashioned way," he complained. "You're spending ten times for the electricity!"
"I'm sorry if you just bought one of those brand new pieces of garbage, but darling, you can throw it back," he said. "Sinks, toilets, and showers‚ you don’t get any water. They put restrictors on them... Try going and buying a new faucet. You turn it on, no water comes out, right?"
"You go into a shower -- and I have this beautiful head of hair, I need a lot of water."
Trump paused as the crowd cheered and laughed and continued: "You go into the shower, right? You turn on the water. Drip. Drip. Drip. I call the guy, 'Is there something wrong with this?' 'No sir, it’s just the restrictor.' So, you're in there five times longer than you are supposed to be. You'll probably use more water. And it's a very unpleasant experience, right?"
"You're going to have full shower flow," he promised. "Full sink."
The president also complained that energy-efficient lightbulbs "make you look orange" and new water-efficient faucets have "zero pressure... No water."
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And they'll be environmentally friendly and all of that. I believe in that. We have eliminated a record number of jobs destroying regulations. I brought back the old light bulb, better light for much less money if you want it.
Somebody said oh, sir, don't mention the light bulb. You know, it's hard to make an elegant speech of saying I brought back the light bulb. So, the new light bulb costs you five times as much and it makes you look orange.
And I was more interested in the orange that I was in the cost.
But you know what? If you want, you have it. And you know the new bulb, I don't know if you see it. It's on there. It's a hazardous waste that when that bulb ends, you are supposed to take it to a certain (INAUDIBLE) and gingerly put it in because it's loaded up with gases. That's new. I said to somebody today in environmental protection. How many people do that in the country? Sir, maybe none.
They throw it into the garbage can. But I'm also approving new dishwashers that give you more water so you can actually wash and rinse your dishes without having to do it 10 times, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Does anybody have a new dishwasher? I'm sorry for that. I'm sorry for that. It's worthless. They give you so little water. Did you ever see it? Air comes out. It's a little water. So, what happens? You end up using it 10 times and the plates--then you take them out and do them the old-fashioned way, right?
But what you do? You're spending 10 times for the electricity, right? So, I'm putting the water back. Most places have so much water they don't know the hell do with it. You know, a lot of people don't realize that. So, dishwashers now, you're going to have a just as much as you've ever had. And you're going to use now one shot. Your dishes are going to be beautiful. I'm sorry that you just bought one of those brand-new pieces of garbage, but darling, you can throw it back.
And it--wait. And it was just announced from South Korea, makes a lot of our products. Unfortunately, I put a tariff on washing machines and refrigerators, right? They just announced that their building major refrigerator and washing machine plans in the United States. Do you know why?
Do you know why? Because they don't want to pay the 25 percent tariff, so they're building them here. That way, they don't have to pay the tariff. Right?
CROWD: USA, USA, USA.
TRUMP: And just one final thing. I know this doesn't matter. But I say leave it. It's so inelegant to talk about it, right? Right? Isn't it inelegant? I'm talking about dishwashers. Wait until you hear the next one.
I'm talking about refrigerators. Probably won't in the State of the Union. I'll leave it out because I want to get praise for making it. You cannot make a brilliant speech where they say that was such an incredible elegant speech if I'm talking about dishwashers, sinks, toilets, light bulbs.
But sinks, toilets, and showers, you don't get any water. They put restrictors on them. Now they made them permanent. People used to take them out. They put restrictors on. Try going and buying a new faucet. You turn it on, no water comes out, right? We won't talk about toilets, but you know that story. Ding, ding, ding.
10, 15, but we don't talk about that. Because I've said this three or four times, the only subject they ever talk about is toilets, so I don't mention toilets.
But how about the shower. If you go into a shower, and I-- this beautiful head of hair. I need a lot of water.
Lots of water.
And you go into the shower, right? You turn on the water. Drip. Drip. Drip. I call the guy. Is something wrong with this? No, sir. It's just the restrictor. So, you're in there five times longer than you are supposed to be. You'll probably use more water. And it's a very unpleasant experience, right?
So, we're getting rid of the restrictors. You're going to have full shower flow.
Did you ever go to the faucet and you turn on the faucet to wash your hands? And it turns on so easy. It's like this. You know, because there's zero pressure behind it. No water. You like that, the thing flips on and wow. And then, dong, dong. These people are crazy.
And in California, this governor who has no clue by the way. He has no clue.
TRUMP: Governor Gavin Newsom. He sends all the water out to the Pacific. And then he just comes up. I don't know if you saw this. They come up with rules and regulations, that's starting soon, if you're a person who lives in California, you only get 50 gallons of water. Now, it sounds like a lot of water but it's not if you take a shower, wash your hands a couple of times. It's not. Then it goes down to 47, 46, 45.