Rachel Maddow can't get over Donald Trump's windmill obsession

"They're his boogeyman," Maddow said

Published December 22, 2016 5:06PM (EST)

 (YouTube/Seth Meyers)
(YouTube/Seth Meyers)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


MSNBC host Rachel Maddow joined "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Wednesday night to discuss the very real problem of Donald Trump's unprecedented conflicts of interest.

"You've been talking about the kind of businessman he is and how it may not necessarily elevate our country," Meyers said, "But it may work against our country because he is known throughout his career to enrich himself."

The two discussed Trump's golf course in Scotland. The president elect has some major issues surrounding the property, particularly windmills. Trump tweeted over 100 times about his hatred of windmills before September 2016, and less than two weeks before the election went on a rant about those in Palm Springs, Florida.

Trump called the windmills"the worst thing you've ever seen."

"They're his boogeyman," Maddow told Meyers.

"Wind is his kryptonite," the host snarked.

"When he wakes up sweating in the night, he's like, is it spinning? Is it white? Is it on a hill?" Maddow added.

"No, Donald, it's the air conditioner," Meyers said, imitating Melania Trump.

Maddow cracked up. Then she got serious.

"There are windmills that are near, or were going to be near, his golf course in Scotland," she explained. "So, he doesn't like the windmills, he can't stop talking about the windmills, he's fixated on them. While talking to British politicians after he won the presidency he brought up the windmills to them."

According to The New York Times, Trump did not say specifically that he hated them; just their obstruction of his views.

"It was like, 'Thank you for the congratulations, you know, we really shouldn't have those windmills by my golf course,'" Maddow mused, before explaining how even windmills could be used as leverage against Trump and the country.

"That's hilarious if you think of it as just his phobia, but now that he's going to be president, this seems weird, but Scotland could come to him, the U.K. could come to him and be like 'Listen, Donald, we know you really care about the windmills, and you think that's a very important thing for your business, we'll get rid of the windmills if you do this thing for our country, which the United States doesn't want to do, it's not good for the country, but we want that from you as president, and we'll give you this private benefit instead,'" she explained.


By Alexandra Rosenmann