Americans have invited Pat Sajak into their living rooms each weeknight for the last 30 years. Like an amicable uncle, he’s chatting it up with everyman contestants, making small talk with Vanna White, always keeping it light.
But apparently that’s all spin for the Wheel of Fortune audience.
Sajak’s Twitter feed reads like the inner monologue of your curmudgeonly grandfather. You can almost hear him giggling before he hits the Tweet button.
Sometimes it's fun to poke a stick in a hornets' nest just to hear the buzzing.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
The most recent uproar, though, comes from Sajak’s views on climate change.
I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
That’s not the first dip into climate change waters for this former weatherman.
Very hot weather: "We're all going to die!" Very cold weather: "There's a difference between climate & weather, moron!"— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 11, 2014
Help...climate changing...must send money to lots of places...a lot of money...hurry...time is short...not kidding...— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 14, 2014
In Sajak’s defense there might be some hyperbole on both sides. This tweet crossed while this article was being written.
Climate change could sink the Statue of Liberty http://t.co/6SFJLr6Hl4— TIME.com (@TIME) May 21, 2014
Sensational? Maybe. Unpatriotic? Sort of. Racist? Not sure how he’s going to spin that one.