As fires continue to rage in California, President Trump is attacking the state’s governor Gavin Newsom for doing a “terrible job of forest management.”
“I told him from the first day we met that he must ‘clean’ his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him,” Trump tweeted this Sunday. “Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers…..”
“Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help,” Trump added. “No more. Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states…”
But in a segment for Southern California local news outlet KTLA5, reporter Eric Spillman debunked Trump’s claims that the state’s alleged “poor forest management” is to blame for its fires.
As Spillman points out, fire prevention experts say “most of California’s recent fires did not start or even burn at all in forests.”
“Also many of the big fires last week were caused by malfunctions involving electrical equipment,” Spillman continued.
Closing out the segment, Spillman mentioned that although Trump blames Newsom for “mismanaging forests, most of the forests in California are on federal land.”
“In other words, they’re not under state control,” Spillman said.
Watch the segment below:
Trump has rolled out a ‘new scam’ amid internal turmoil over Fauci: op-ed
Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, Greg Sargent takes a look at the Trump's administration's recent walkback of its attempts to undermine its top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, after they discovered that it wasn't being received by the public so well.
According to Sargent, President Trump's "new scam" is to present the image that his administration actually respects Fauci's advice while continuing to undermine him behind the scenes.
"What’s really going on here is a kind of two-step, a double game," Sargent writes. "Trump and his advisers want him to reap the political benefits of appearing to harbor general respect for Fauci’s expertise, while simultaneously continuing to undermine Fauci’s actual claims about the threat the novel coronavirus will continue to pose — because those claims badly undermine Trump’s reelection message."
GOP strategist who wrote party’s 2012 autopsy says she hopes the party loses this year
Former Republican strategist Sally Bradshaw, who wrote the GOP's so-called "autopsy" after its 2012 election losses, is hoping the party comes crashing down in defeat this fall.
In an email to NPR, Bradshaw conceded that the 2012 election postmortem was "obviously a failure," given that President Donald Trump had taken over the party in 2016 by explicitly ignoring its recommendations about taking a more inclusive approach to immigration reform.
However, she also seemed to think that the GOP's bill for not becoming a more inclusive party had finally come due given its failures to govern through a deadly pandemic that so far has claimed the lives of 137,000 Americans with no end in sight.
Brutal video targeting moms hits Trump for trying to hurt their children by returning to school in pandemic
President Donald Trump and Education Sec. Betsy DeVos announced this month that schools must reopen regardless of the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican leaders have maintained that not being in school is so detrimental to the development of children that parents must risk their lives and the lives of their families, teachers, principals, and other school administration members.
Author Don Winslow posted a video directed at mothers recalling all of the great moments in a child's development from their first words to their first steps and their first days of school.
"Now Donald Trump wants you to abandon your most primal and powerful motherly instinct to protect your child," the video says. "Trump and Betsy DeVos have said children don't get Coronavirus. Tell that to the families of these children who all died from Coronavirus."