9 people have now died from extremely dangerous wildfires in California:
A Northern California fire has become the most destructive in the state’s modern history, killing at least nine people and wiping out much of an entire town.
A quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes statewide as the Camp Fire in the north and two other major fires — Woolsey and Hill — in Southern California burned this weekend.
As firefighters struggle to contain the uncontrolled wildfires, forecasters said intense winds and low humidity could fuel the blazes and make them spread even farther.
Evacuees trapped in traffic abandoned their cars and ran with their children in tow as the Camp Fire quickly closed in in Northern California’s Butte County.
In Thousand Oaks, a community mourning this week’s mass shooting, a recreation center where survivors grieved was filled with people fleeing the fire.
The President of the United States apparently thought the best thing for him to do at this time would be to level unfounded criticism at California:
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
This is just the most recent example of Donald Trump blaming victims.
Two weeks ago, Donald Trump cast blame on the victims of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, that has left 10 dead, by criticizing the synagogue for not having armed guards:
President Trump said if the Pittsburgh synagogue that was attacked by a gunman on Oct. 27 had armed security, “the results would have been far better.”
Donald Trump did the same thing to CNN, casting blame on the media for creating the anger that resulted in a bomb being mailed to them by one of Trump’s own supporters:
A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
6 weeks ago, he blamed Christine Blasey Ford for not having brought sexual assault charges against Brett Kavanaugh 35 years ago when she was a frightened 15 year old.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
In February, he blamed the victims of a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school for not reporting their classmate to the authorities, despite the fact that several had done exactly that:
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
And then, of course, there were the many, many times Trump blamed the people of Puerto Rico for the Trump administration’s botched response to Hurricane Maria:
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics and the mayor of San Juan complained his administration’s response to the U.S. territory’s plight was insufficient.
Trump, who plans to visit the island on Tuesday, fired off a series of angry tweets from his private golf club in New Jersey, taking aim at the mayor of San Juan, the island’s capital and largest city.
On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz criticized Trump’s administration and begged for more help, a plea that received widespread television coverage in the mainland United States.
“Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help,” said Trump, a Republican. “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
Blaming victims every time something goes wrong is not how to lead a nation. The United States does not have a leader right now. Vladimir Putin must be so pleased.