As someone with family in California, I was moved by eyewitness evacuee / writer John Ehrenfeld’s account of POTUS indifference to the unfolding tragedy :
” Not that I really care about what he says or does, but Trump has not tweeted one word, made a speech, or shown any compassion at all to the victims of the California wildfires. Nothing. Zero. Worthless liberal heathens that we are and not as deserving as the dead red states of Texas and Florida. Are the dead in California less dead ? Are their destroyed homes not a big deal ? Are 100,000 refugees just a statistic ? Others do care what a president says and his silence is deafening. If nothing else, the incredibly courageous and selfless firefighters, police, pilots, doctors, nurses and other civil servants deserve thanks and acknowledgement.
Finally, anyone who respects the educated professionals whose lives have been devoted to studying the earth and it’s climate, understands that the warming earth and oceans increases the severity of nature’s worst tragedies. Like fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes as Americans could see with their own eyes this year. Warm waters, torrential rains, overgrown brush, excessive heat, severe droughts and hurricane force winds are all a result. This is going to happen again and again as the Trump administration and their GOP and corporate enablers continue to dismantle all efforts aimed at slowing or reversing climate change. This is the new reality.”