Donald Trump has a personal beef with one of the efforts aimed at protecting the environment — it’s messing with his hair.
Trump told supporters in South Carolina last week that he’s not impressed by replacements for old aerosol hairsprays that contained ozone-eating chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs.
“You can’t use hairspray because hairspray is going to affect the ozone,” he said at a rally on Hilton Head Island, launching into an extended riff about his preferred hair products.
“They want me to use the pump because the other one, which I really like better than going ‘bing,’ ‘bing,’ ‘bing,’ and then it comes out in big globs, right? And it’s stuck in your hair, and you say, ‘Oh my God, I got to take a shower again, my hair’s all screwed up,’ right? I want to use hairspray.”
In fact, consumer aerosol products have not used ozone-depleting substances since the late 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency says, because of voluntary product changes and federal regulation.
That means Trump can use any hairspray he wants without risking ozone depletion.
Like many of his Republican rivals, Trump rejects climate science. He mocked President Barack Obama for flying to Hawaii on vacation aboard fuel-burning Air Force One.
“A lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry,” he said, vowing instead to focus on clean air and drinking water if elected president.
Earlier this month, Trump complained about restrictors that limit water flow on shower heads.
“You have showers where I can’t wash my hair properly,” he said at a rally in Aiken, South Carolina. “It’s a disaster.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.