After Trump Threatened to Pull California's Federal Fire Assistance, CA's Governor Shut Him All the Way Down
California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom thanked President Donald Trump on Thursday for securing a FEMA grant for Newsom's state as multiple wildfires continued to rage.
It wasn't long, however, until the bad blood between the two reignited, thanks to Donald Trump's Twitter feed. Again falsely claiming that California's wildfires were due to a lack of maintenance, Trump threatened to revoke federal aid from California in an unhinged Twitter thread.
More bad news for firefighters and their supporters.
As if increased cancer risk, throttled internet service and lack of benefits for prisoners on the front lines of this summer’s California wildfires weren’t devastating enough, a recent study has found that more firefighters are committing suicide than dying in the line of duty.
As seems to be the case with each passing year, California is facing wildfires of unprecedented number and severity — while many are still burning across the state, the Mendocino Complex fire alone is now the largest fire in California history, charring hundreds of thousands of acres and resulting in at least one firefighter fatality.
With the need for firefighter labor greater than ever, the Golden State has been relying heavily on trained inmates — both men and women — paying them just $2 a day, with a $1-per-hour bonus while actively fighting a blaze. Though this saves California about $80 million a year in labor costs, the utilization of prisoners for such high-risk work remains highly controversial.
Donald Trump Just Repeated a Questionable Claim About California's Wild Fires, and the State's Fire Protection Services Just Shut Him Down
The Carr Fire as well as other wildfires burning throughout California have taken the lives of two firefighters, killed five civilians, burned over 1,000 homes and forced thousands to evacuate. Until this weekend, President Donald Trump remained silent on the tragedy unfolding on the west coast.
Sunday evening, Trump posted his first tweet about the wildfires. Instead of encouraging words for the people displaced, the families of those who died or the fire service fighting the fires, the President took the opportunity to attack California environmental laws. The since deleted, then reposted tweet stated:
When the unprecedented wildfires swept through eastern Sonoma County, Napa and Mendocino counties in October they devastated hundreds of thousands of lives in mere hours. Reports rolled in over the next week of families who had made it out with minutes to spare, in only the clothes on their bodies, singed by the embers of their homes rising up around them as they dashed to safety in apocalyptic flames.
One group of people has been hit especially hard because they try to fly under the radar on the best of days—California’s undocumented immigrant population, who have been heavy targets of the Trump administration since it took office. Trump recently promised cities that report undocumented immigrants will receive tens of millions of dollars and additional law enforcement officers.
President Donald Trump is a master at stoking controversy and fomenting disunity, but he’s conspicuously absent when the nation looks to its Commander-in-Chief for comfort and solace.
Trump has turned a small NFL protest into a major plebiscite on national unity.