Last week, as fires ravaged California, the President of the United States tweeted blaming California officials for the fires and threatening to withhold crucial federal funding. The fires have been the most deadly in the state’s history, with hundreds still unaccounted for. The View’s Whoopi Goldberg criticized the tweet that read, “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. 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!”
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Goldberg renewed her criticism of the president after his visit to California. Trump toured fire devastated areas in California and made disgustingly callous remarks to reporters, suggesting people in California should rake more to prevent forest fires.
Speaking to reporters the president said, “I was with the president of Finland and he said: ‘We have a much different––we’re a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation, and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. And they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem.”
Goldberg said that of course, raking will not solve the wildfire problems in California. She also noted importantly, the president of Finland said he never discussed raking with President Trump. She said, “I would like him to stop with this raking stuff.”
Goldberg went on, “What we need him to do is shut up. I try not to be too rude, but you know what? People lost their lives, families lost their homes. This is not a joke. Raking is not funny to people in California. This is not cute… And if you don’t know this, if you really don’t know this, man, everybody needs to start rethinking what you’re saying and how you’re saying it because you sure don’t give a damn about the people in California.”
Goldberg concluded saying, “If you’re not gonna help, stay home!”
TRUMP SAYS 'RAKING' A SOLUTION TO WILDFIRES: The co-hosts react to the president's tour of the California wildfires, and his comments saying wildfires weren't a problem in Finland because crews "spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things" to clear forest floors. pic.twitter.com/pkoPERakoN
— The View (@TheView) November 19, 2018