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‘The climate crisis is real’: U.S. Senate candidate goes viral for blaming NY earthquake on climate change, deletes post

By Gabriel Hays Fox News

Green Party member U.S. Senate candidate for New Jersey Christina Amira Khalil went viral after posting a theory to social media that the earthquake that rocked New York and New Jersey on Friday was caused by climate change.

Prominent social media users mocked the post, which also received an X “Community Note” fact check providing the real reason for the event.

Khalil took so much criticism for the post that she ended up deleting it and switching her account to “protected” mode so that the public couldn’t view her posts any longer.

Following the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that was felt New York, New Jersey, and other northeast U.S. states, Khalil posted on X, “I experienced my first earthquake in NJ. We never get earthquakes. The climate crisis is real. The weirdest experience ever.”

The aspiring politician’s theory went viral only hours after it was posted, gaining millions of views thanks to the help of big accounts sharing it for the sake of mocking it on their feeds.

Users like GOP Congressman Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, laid into the progressive politician’s post, writing, “Holy crap. I was just joking about people blaming climate change and then this genius pops up. A Senate candidate no less!”