A San Fransisco paper absolutely hammered President Donald Trump for wasting his time tweeting about inconsequential subjects as wildfires rage across California, killing over 40 and destroying thousands of home.
According to the editorial board of the San Francisco Gate, “As raging wildfires devour the lives, homes and dreams of Californians in an unprecedented scale, one voice has been conspicuously mute through day after day of crisis: President Trump.”
The paper went on to note that Trump had made a passing reference to the fires “that have left at least 40 dead, consumed thousands of structures and stretched the physical and mental mettle of the dedicated firefighters and medical professionals to the edge of exhaustion,” before meeting with the NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the week– but has been silent since.
“That’s it? No talk of visiting California?” the editorial continued. “No expressions of appreciation for the first responders? No condolences for those who lost their lives, or the many more who lost their homes? No recognition or pledges of federal support for the monumental task of rebuilding the neighborhoods and business that were devoured in the fire?”
The attack on Trump went on to note that the President talks a good game on Twitter — such as helping hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico — before backing off and tweeting, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”
“This is a president who views tweets as his primary means of connecting with the people, without the media filter he loathes. Dare we suggest that forcing NFL players to stand for the national anthem — to name one of his recent obsessions — is not a life-and-death situation. The fires are,” the piece scolded. “And how many times has Trump tweeted about the fires since they were whipped by winds into life-threatening force early Monday: zero.”
“How can it be that the loss of 40 human beings on American soil did not merit a single tweet?” the editorial asked. “The most forgiving interpretation would be that Trump, along with the cable networks that seem to attract his laser focus and have not made this a huge story, have a case of disaster fatigue. Perhaps the problem is that he hasn’t been blasted for his underwhelming response: There is no surer way to provoke him to his phone. The most cynical speculation would be that he could not care less about a state that despises him like no other.”
“Devastated California awaits your leadership, Mr. President. Tweet up, if you care.”
You can read the whole scathing editorial here.