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.
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
“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:
California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
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.
This piece of shit flew to France to celebrate our victory in WW1, blew off the ceremony because it’s raining and instead is threatening California while we are literally on fire. Scum https://t.co/8vAUjfrqPG
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 10, 2018
Honestly thought this one was from a parody account. The city is on fire and people and animals are dying. https://t.co/qjuaSheDJe
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 10, 2018
This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters. https://t.co/DJ4PN26bLZ
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 10, 2018
This man is demented. Never stop saying it. https://t.co/EmjA7gLoVA
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 10, 2018
Others pointed out the hypocrisy in his tweet.
Nearly half of the forest land in California is managed by … wait for it … the federal government. https://t.co/U4iwgJeJvJ
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) November 10, 2018
Like the cost of a military parade?
Like the cost of implementing zero-tolerance, paying private prison companies millions of $$ to build child camps (in rural areas already desperate for support)
Likely sending thousands of tropps to thr border for a stunt? https://t.co/Q49iEBoOTv
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) November 10, 2018
The lack of empathy for homes and lives being destroyed and human beings and animals literally being burned alive is absolutely stunning.
Jesus. Throwing a roll of paper towels at the situation would have been more compassionate. https://t.co/L55QgFZBVg
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) November 10, 2018
It won’t make the pain go away but I’m sure the families of the dead can take some solace from these words. https://t.co/53ZJJhuaaA
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 10, 2018
Americans are burning alive and this is his response. https://t.co/Y3N2HjkKIe
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 10, 2018
— Ryan Knight ☘️ (@ProudResister) November 10, 2018
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.