Saturday, August 22, 2020

California Is Burning-- But Trump Told FEMA Not To Help Because Not Enough Californians Voted For Him In 2016

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There are dozens of wildfires raging across northern California right now-- primarily in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake and Yolo counties. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. At least 5 people, including 2 first responders, are dead. During his Convention segment Thursday night, Gavin Newsom said "If you are in denial about climate change, come to California." Led by Ted Lieu, the majority of California's congressional delegation has asked Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an investigation into allegations-- watch the video from the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff below-- that the federal government improperly denied or delayed aid to California wildfire victims. The letter follows allegations from a former Department of Homeland Security official that President Trump ordered FEMA to deny assistance to Californians because of the political demographics of the state. Taylor said that on a phone call with FEMA, Trump told them "to cut off the money and no longer give individual assistance to California. He told us to stop giving money to people whose houses had burned down from a wildfire because he was so rageful that people in the state of California didn't support him."





Trump has lost whatever bit of sanity he ever had. Although only 31.6% of Californians voted for him, that's still 4,483,810 people-- more voters than from any other states other than Texas and Florida. And most of the worst devastation from the fires were in Republican areas in the northeast corner of the state, solidly Republican CA-01, where a notorious Trump apologist and enabler, Doug LaMalfa is the congressman.

Ted Lieu's letter to Cuffari asks 4 questions all Californians should want to hear answered:
Did the President or DHS officials improperly influence the issuance of any fire management assistance grant?
Did the President or DHS officials improperly delay granting or deny any requests for an emergency or major disaster declaration?
Did the President or DHS officials attempt to revoke or delay the distribution of any assistance that had already been granted to California fire victims?
Did the President or DHS officials improperly deny requests from the State of California to adjust state and local cost share requirements associated with debris removal and emergency protective measures assistance?


Lieu asked every member of the California delegation to sign onto his letter. Most did-- but not a single Republican did. They rejected it out of hand. Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Ken Calvert, Tom McClintock, Paul Cook, Mike Garcia and, most shockingly, Doug LaMalfa all showed they would rather stand with Trump politically than stand with their own constituents in a life or death situation. California has 53 House members but just 7 are Republicans. In a justice world, there wouldn't be single California Republican left in Congress.

Goal ThermometerLiam O'Mara is a history professor in Riverside County running for the last southern California seat the GOP has managed to cling onto. Yesterday, after reading Lieu's letter-- and seeing Ken Calvert wasn't a signatory-- O'Mara noted that "Calvert is a hyper-partisan creature, afraid to buck this president and act in the interests of Californians. His spinelessness is part of the reason he's never chaired a committee and authored so little legislation-- he's afraid to stand out from the crowd. Our 'Representative' will never have the courage to challenge his own party leadership, even when doing so is transparently in the interests of his constituents and his home state. Failing to speak up as Californians die and their houses are destroyed is unconscionable and almost criminally negligent."

There's another corrosive "Devin" in the Central Valley-- it's a popular name among Republicans-- Devon Mathis of Tulare County, widely considered one of the California legislatures very worst members. His opponent is a young progressive first-time candidate, Drew Phelps, who told us that "Once again, California is faced with an unprecedented wildfire season. Meanwhile, to find out recently that the federal administration may have withheld past wildfire aid is extremely alarming. While our state leaders and the federal administration can bicker over policy differences, putting human lives at stake over those differences is never acceptable and should not be tolerated."




Jackie Fielder is running for California Assembly also, but in a November contest that pits her-- a staunch progressive-- against another Democrat, Scott Wiener, a corporate shill and conservative lackey of special interests. Jackie told me yesterday that "Californians affected by the wildfires are Americans, too. Whether the President likes it or not, he is their president. It’s disgusting he would let politics get in the way of providing relief for people who are being asked to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs in the middle of the night. We simply don’t have enough resources to fight these fires and save lives."


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3 Comments:

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the feckless fucking "Democrats" do nothing about Trump - except give him everything he demands.

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong, 9:18. They do what they usually do: write a sternly-worded letter to someone who could not care less.

If that is what passes for leadershit throughout the greenhouse, by all means, keep electing them.

When you fight what amounts to the final destruction of all public institutions and your own state with pieces of fucking paper... well, some day they will make a musical about these intrepid defenders of the constitution... dontcha think?

BTW: leadership would be to start impeaching people... 3 years ago. Keep the senate busy declaring that guilty Nazis are innocent... instead of confirming kkkavanaugh et al.

What the democraps do: confirm Nazis. then write them letters when they act all naziish.

We just gots to elect us a lot more of those... dontcha think?

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if this is true, that trump is trying to ratfuck CA, then why doesn't CA unelect pelo$i for propping up the fuhrer for the past 3.5 years? You, CA, keep electing that fascist pos... and you get this in return?

maybe instead of waiting for pelo$i to do her fucking job, you could recall her and do it for her.

oh... but that would be... what, DEMOCRACY? *DOING* something? democraps never *DO* anything. I forgot.

 

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