The bar is set so low, and somehow, Trump’s response manages to sink even lower
While a huge portion of the state of California burns in a massive wildfire, already claiming nine lives and destroying thousands of homes and structures, Donald Trump decided to pour virtual gasoline on the crisis by tweeting a heartless response.
Trump, who is, according to reports, spending time in a Paris hotel room not doing what he’s supposed to be doing while there, woke up early this morning and threatened to pull federal funding from the entire state of California.
He also blamed the cause of the fire on “forest management” being “so poor.” Because he’d literally croak before admitting climate change plays a key role here.
“Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
Hell, even his typical, useless, “thoughts and prayers” garbage would have been a more constructive response.
On Friday, Trump approved an emergency declaration for the state — which just makes his threat to take it away even crueler. Emergency declarations provide municipalities in crisis with air support, relief supplies, and evacuation transport.
In August, when California wildfires were similarly raging, Trump’s response wasn’t much better:
This prompted Deputy California Fire Chief Scott McLean to issue a statement rebuking Trump’s claims: “We have plenty of water to fight these fires.”
After the callous response tweeted this morning, plenty of people shared their outrage at his heartlessness and spread of misinformation.
Others pointed out the hypocrisy in his tweet.
The lack of empathy for homes and lives being destroyed and human beings and animals literally being burned alive is absolutely stunning.
Michael Mann, an atmospheric science professor at Penn State University, told PBS’ “NewsHour” back in August that he believes climate change is absolutely a contributing factor to the increased seriousness of wildfires.
“We’re not saying that climate change is literally causing the events to occur,” he said. “What we can conclude with a great deal of confidence now is that climate change is making these events more extreme.”
As for Trump, the bar for his presidency is set to the ground and yet, somehow, he manages to sink lower all the time.