On November 10, 2018, Donald Trump posted a tweet about the Californian wildfires that caused a lot of outrage. In that tweet, Donald Trump blamed poor forest management for the wildfires that have taken lives and caused several people to lose their properties. He tweeted that billions of dollars were provided every year and the forests remained grossly mismanaged. In the tweet, he threatened that there would be no more Federal payments unless there were remedies.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>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!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1061168803218948096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 10, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Katy Perry responded by telling Trump that his tweet was heartless. She said that everything shouldn’t be politicized, and his tweet won’t do much to help the poor Americans who were being evacuated into shelters after losing their homes.
The wildfires have razed down acres of land and killed at least 13 people. Apart from Katy Perry, numerous other Americans responded with outrage at Donald’s Trump tweet. Katy Perry wrote that there were a lot of unknown things happening, but she and others will be there for other victims. She thanked the first responders who were battling the inferno. John Legend also responded to Donald Trump’s tweet and called Donald Trump a National Embarrassment who couldn’t show sympathy to those suffering from a horrific disaster. Rod Stewart also responded and called out Trump for pointing fingers and accusations when people were losing their lives, and their properties and firefighters were risking their lives. Rod Stewart ended his tweet by asking for Winston Churchill.
On his website, Neil Young responded by explaining that Climate Change was a major factor responsible for the California fires and not poor forest management as the President said. He explained that the extended drought and the extreme weather events played a huge role in causing the fires.
It seems Trump hearkened to them because his recent tweets about the California wildfires were mellow and sympathetic, unlike his first cold tweet. He tweeted about how the fires have burned over 170,000 acres. He tweeted that everyone was with the 52,000 people that have been evacuated and those that lost their lives. He warned people that the fires were expanding at the rate of 80-100 acres a minute and told them that they risked losing their lives if they did not listen to evacuation orders from Local and State officials.
Trump has also been under fire for missing a WW1 memorial ceremony in France due to a light drizzle. Over 1000 American soldiers died in a region in France, and the ceremony was to honor them. But Trump cancelled his appearance citing scheduling differences caused by the weather. Winston’s Churchill grandson called him out on Twitter for this and told him that he wasn’t fit to lead the country.
The California wildfires have destroyed the set of Westworld and the mansion where the Bachelor was being filmed. It has also forced celebrities like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Rainn Wilson and others to evacuate their homes. Miley Cyrus also lost her home to the fire. The fires have raised homes in upscale neighborhoods in Calabasas, Malibu and other high-profile areas outside Los Angeles.