WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke delivers a speech billed as "A Vision for American Energy Dominance" at the Heritage Foundation on September 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. Zinke also addressed criticism of his travel practices, after it was reported that he and his aides have taken several flights on private or military aircraft, including a charter plane that cost taxpayers more than $12,000 last June. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At the height of the massive wildfire in California that killed over 70 people and destroyed countless lives, President Donald Trump shocked the nation by blaming...California. The president said that a lack of adequate forest management created dry conditions that exacerbated what has now become the largest wildfire in California's history. The vast majority of California's public forests are managed by the federal government and these fires spread in populated urban areas as well.

Nevertheless, in a harrowing display of consistency, the Trump administration is doubling down on the erroneous claim—with a new scapegoat to boot.

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