Trump chastises the people of California

For Trump’s other loving contribution of the day, he decided to shout at California for being on fire.

Hours after officials announced grim new statistics in California’s Camp Fire — nine dead, more than 6,700 structures incinerated — President Trump blamed poor forest management for the destruction and threatened to pull federal funding.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

A normal president would express compassion and concern, and nothing else. While the fires are still blazing and eating people and their houses, a normal president would leave all anger and threats aside. I guess making American great again requires getting in people’s faces even as the fire is scorching them.

The latest tweet came as residents in Butte County, about 90 miles north of state capital Sacramento, described fleeing a catastrophic fire that began on Thursday grew with incredible speed and turned a sunny day into an end-of-days scene of flames, smoke, sparks and wide destruction.

Named Camp Fire for a nearby creek, the blaze is not yet done. It had burned at least 90,000 acres, more than 140 square miles, and was only 20 percent contained by Saturday morning, causing officials to declare a state of emergency for a fire likely to worsen over the weekend.

Officials warned that “red flag” conditions would persist on and off through Monday, hot, dry and windy weather that makes the land ripe for a fire’s spread.

Trump’s repeated rants about forest management seems to be his rebuttal to arguments that the fires are a result of climate change.

Trump has loudly and consistently blamed intensifying wildfires on poor resource management by California officials. Twice in October, Trump threatened to withhold federal wildfire funds from California because of what he alleged was poor forest management policy, The Fix’s Aaron Blake wrote.

Universally, California officials’ response has been that the real culprit behind intensifying wildfires is climate change.

As The Washington Post’s Angela Fritz wrote in July, a hotter-than average summer and dry winter have “led to tinder-dry vegetation,” in areas scorched by the Carr fire during Redding, California’s hottest July on record.

It’s hard work for Trump arguing that that’s all Jerry Brown’s fault.

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