On Monday, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) slammed President Donald Trump for his lack of humanity in response to the California wildfires.
A rampant fire has blazed through Paradise, California. According to CNN, “So far, 29 bodies have been recovered from homes and vehicles in or near Paradise. In Southern California, officials said two deaths in Malibu were related to the Woolsey Fire, bringing the statewide death toll to 31.”
In the midst of this tragedy, President Donald Trump tweeted about forest management and federal money.
“With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!” Trump tweeted.
With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2018
Garamendi said that Trump had no real concept of the issue.
“The president simply doesn’t know what’s going on. He doesn’t understand that 31 people have lost their lives, that an entire community of 26,000 people is totally destroyed,” he said.
“It is gone. The homes are gone. Cars lined up across the roads. He doesn’t understand. He has no empathy. He doesn’t have any humanity. People have died, people have lost everything, and he comes up with this crazy bizarre tweet that has no relevance to what is actually happening,” Garamendi said.
“It’s not a forest problem. It is a global climate change problem. It is hot. It is dry. It is California in the future. We’re going to have to make changes, but when the president says no more money, come on.”
“People need to be able to rebuild and we must rebuild our communities so that they are sustainable and resilient,” he said.
Watch Garamendi’s full interview below via CNN.