California. Fires burned a football field a second . . . people trying to escape were burnt alive in their cars . . . Hundreds of people are missing. Hundreds . . . Think about that. Then try and wrap your head around a president of these United States. Threatening to cut off assistance. Around a president looking for someone to blame . . . and looking to make a profit . . . Around a president so petty, so small, so partisan. No words of sympathy for a state who voted against him. Those people burning to death in their cars. They were his enemy. An entire town . . . Gone. In seconds. This was not “mismanagement.” This was extreme drought and wind and climate change. This. was. horror. This is the future. Get used to it. Or do something to stop it. #climatechangeisrealv
—Patricia Azynski (excerpts)
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“Natural diasters are not “red or “blue”— they destroy regardless of party. Right now, families are in mourning, thousands have lost homes, and a quarter million Americans have been forced to flee. At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame.” —California Professional Firefighters President, Brian K. Rice (excerpts).