President Trump is currently in enemy territory, traveling to California, a state where his misguided policies and personal despicability have managed to virtually eliminate Republican officeholders from both state and federal government positions during the recent midterm elections.
Ostensibly, Trump is visiting the fire-ravaged state to do something that he’s been so horrendously bad at to date — providing comfort to the victims of deadly natural disasters and commemorating the dead as part of the semi-ceremonial duties that the American public has come to expect of our presidents — that he has largely skipped this type of presidential duty of late.
After his trip to Europe last weekend for the World War I centenary memorial and the public relations debacle that followed his decision to skip a visit to a cemetery where thousands of American soldiers killed in that bloody conflict were buried, Trump’s handlers must have decided that his foul mood couldn’t take another round of the battering that would occur if he failed to at least acknowledge the major catastrophe in California and make a token effort to appear to possess the empathy that he is apparently psychologically incapable of expressing.
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Any positive effect on Trump’s image that the visit could have brought was counteracted today by the advance release of a comment that Trump made in a pre-taped interview with Chris Wallace that will air in full on Fox News Sunday tomorrow.
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) November 16, 2018
While the toll of the missing in the enormous conflagration has since been adjusted upward to 1,000 people, Trump appears to have no interest in the victims or the survivors of the still-uncontained blaze judging by his comments that he is going there just to see the first-responders battling the inferno.
Not that the firefighters don’t deserve praise, support, and attention, but to ignore the victims and the thousands left homeless in a state that already faces an acute housing crisis is an unforgivable blunder that negates any potential good-will and face-saving that Trump’s visit could have otherwise engendered.
Trump’s turning of what should have been a solemn, but routine, exhibit of sympathy for those ravaged by the ferocious and murderous fire into another politically motivated ploy to appeal to his blue-collar base demonstrates the depths of his narcissism and isolation from normal human instincts, and proves why he is the worst president in modern history. In case you needed any more proof.
You can watch a clip of Chris Wallace’s interview with Trump in the video below.
Donald Trump talks graphically about the burned bodies of California fire victims instead of offering support to those impacted. He hates California so much he can’t even muster compassion for its suffering residents. pic.twitter.com/A4845mv4ca
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 17, 2018
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Original reporting by Chris Wallace at Fox News.