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Trump claims California is throwing away water instead of fighting fires and touts cutting down trees as cure

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President Donald Trump spread a bizarre conspiracy theory in a Sunday tweet. As the California wildfires rage outside of Redding, the president thinks that the state is allowing the fires to burn because they’re rerouting water into the Pacific Ocean.

It’s unclear where the conspiracy theory began, but one possibility is a 2015 interview with an urban water expert, who explained that all states could save water by rerouting gutters, drainage ditches and other means of rain collection into water treatment facilities. Collecting rainwater is a far cry from the state purposefully diverting water from fires and pouring it into the ocean instead.

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It’s entirely possible for states, cities and the United States as a whole to divert all rainwater to be used for water treatment, but that would require a massive rebuilding of American infrastructure. Trump has yet to pass his transportation bill he promised during the 2016 campaign.

“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!” Trump tweeted.

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The second thought from Trump is from Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke. The policy on stopping fires is that if there’s nothing to burn, fires won’t be started. Thus, Trump and Zinke advocate deforestation. There’s one problem with that, as Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas residents can attest, trees aren’t needed for fire. Kansas farmers are known to burn fields and Oklahomans see grass fires frequently during the drought of the last several years. One grassfire in Texas burned over 500 acres over the weekend.

Houses also burn, but by Trump and Zinke’s logic, houses shouldn’t be built to avoid house fires.

Trump followed up Monday with a tweet attacking Jerry Brown for allowing the free-flowing of water.

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“Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Think of California with plenty of Water – Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals.” Trump tweeted.

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Here are some heartbreaking photos of the fires below:

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Lindsey Graham backs up Trump’s widely condemned impeachment tirade: ‘A lynching in every sense’

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President Donald Trump's widely condemned comparison of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a "lynching" has the support of at least one Republican senator.

As reported by The Hill's Alex Bolton, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday agreed that with the president's characterization of the House Democrats' efforts to hold him accountable.

"This is a lynching in every sense," Graham said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) similarly agreed with Graham that House Democrats' efforts to impeach the president amount to a "lynching," as reported by Politico's Burgess Everett.

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Donald Trump is mirroring the career path of Vladimir Putin: Scientology doc maker Alex Gibney

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According to the director of the "Going Clear," the definitive documentary on Scientology, the rise of both Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin neatly mirror each other in the way that they have propelled themselves into office by using media manipulation as their most potent weapon.

As part of a discussion with the Daily Beast about his latest work, Citizen K, a look at the life of Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Alex Gibney said Putin's career trajectory became a major part of his story -- and he noticed extraordinary parallels with Trump.

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Princeton historian delivers the definitive smackdown of Trump’s ‘insulting’ lynching tweet

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Princeton University History Professor Kevin Kruse on Tuesday delivered a thorough takedown of President Donald Trump's claim that House Democrats' impeachment inquiry represents a "lynching."

In calling the tweet "twelve different kinds of bullsh*t," Kruse began by discussing the constitutional mechanics of the impeachment process in the House that only require a bare majority of lawmakers to favor in order to advance. Concerns about due process in impeachment only come into play in the Senate, where the president is ensured a fair trial and where two-thirds of lawmakers are needed to convict the president and remove him from office.

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