Trump’s Reaction To California Fires

Antonette Summerville, Op-Ed Writer

  The casualties of the Camp Fire that began on Nov. 8 burned down almost 14,000 homes but was still less destructive than Trump’s supposed support for the victims.

  Trump’s sympathetic response two days after the disaster was “that 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!”

  Trump made the fires a political issue to threaten weakened Californians but only succeeded in angering the Hollywood community, firefighters, and families of those killed or harmed by the fires, as well as  the rest of the state.

  The same day, he tweeted, “Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died.” To express his ‘heartfelt’ condolences, he visited Paradise and mistakenly called it ‘Pleasure’ twice until former California Governor Jerry Brown corrected him. Without skipping a beat, Trump chuckled—“Or Paradise.”

  It’s understandable. Remembering the name of a recently devastated town is a difficult task.

  However, there is a solution to the ‘poor forest management.’ “[President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö,] called it a forest nation,” Trump said, “and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.”

  Amazingly, Finland’s lack of fires is not because it has a completely different climate with average temperatures ranging from -7°F to 60°F reported from weatheronline.co.uk. It is because they actively rake their snow and ice-covered leaves. Almost as if snow, ice, and cold temperatures lower the possibility of fires occurring.

  Climate change deniers are fairly common, but climate difference deniers are quite unique.