The contrast between President Donald Trump when he’s speaking from a script and when he’s off-script continued this week. As historically deadly and destructive wildfires continued to rage in California, he spoke Tuesday in support of affected citizens while gathered for a White House observance of the Hindu holiday of Diwali. The clip of his remarks eventually went up on his Twitter feed.
He said, in part:
‘We mourn the lives of those lost and we pray for the victims, and there are more victims than anybody would ever even think possible. I want to thank the firefighters and first responders and FEMA for their incredible courage in the face of very grave danger… We will do everything in our power to support and protect our fellow citizens in harm’s way and we say, I think as a group, God bless everybody.’
We mourn for the lives lost and we pray for the victims of the California Wildfires. I want to thank the Firefighters and First Responders for their incredible courage in the face of grave danger…. pic.twitter.com/3YQYZR8OzS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
The remarks are gravely different from thoughts he offered on Twitter while overseas for ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I that he didn’t even go to. He ranted that the fires were the fault of supposed bad forest management and unless California got its act together, federal funding would be cut off. The fires aren’t even in forests, though; they’re unfolding in areas known as the wildland-urban interface, where natural environments coexist with residential and otherwise inhabited areas.
On top of that, ironically enough, only three percent of California forests are even managed by state and local agencies!
The president’s remarks — with their lies whittled away — reeked of partisanship, representing the president yet again putting his ideological agenda above the lives of actual American citizens. His administration has sparred with California plenty of times before, including over the state’s immigration policies, further establishing the president’s true feelings about the state.
Now, though, he wants us to take him as some sort of leader to guide us through tough times… nope.
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