Nine people have died. Thousands of acres of land have been destroyed. Hundreds of homes have gone up in flames.
And the president of the United States shoots out a Twitter message that says:
“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 John Trump has a heart of stone. Wouldn’t you agree? Don’t answer that. There’s no need.
Once again we see the president lashing out instead of reaching out. Americans are suffering grievous loss of property and, yes, lives.
Why is that? Might it be that — hmm — the victims live in California, one of those “coastal enclaves” that voted in 2016 for Hillary Clinton over Trump?
Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire — which handles forest management — said of the president’s tweet, “It’s disappointing that he says these things.”
It sounds as if McLean is pulling his punches a bit. It is far more than merely “disappointing.” Donald Trump’s demonstration of heartlessness is disgraceful.
However, it’s the kind of reaction we have grown accustomed to hearing from the president of the United States.