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Just Like COVID, Trump is Trying to Blame Fires on Blue States: ‘Manage Your Forests!’ — But There’s a Problem with That
Trump has never met a problem that he cannot shove off on to someone else, like governors, especially a Democratic governor. The “blame governors” thing was their express strategy early in COVID when it was seen as a “blue state” problem. Jared recommended not doing much and putting it all on Democratic governors. Now that fires are destroying the blue states on the Pacific coast, Trump seems content to use the strategy with the fires and blame it all on the states, the locals. He is full of advice.
Trump is back to the “manage your forests” thing that he’s been saying ever since he told Californians to rake the damn place up for chrissakes. He is a moron. Forest management, though, is definitely a real thing and really important. Forest management is why we have a Forest Service as part of the Department of Agriculture. Healthy forests are necessary to water management for agriculture, if one doesn’t have healthy forests the water simply runs off the surface and out to the oceans. The thing is – as you surely have noted – the Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service are part of the federal government created to manage national forests and many of the fires are burning in national forests.
Absolutely none of this “reality” matters to Trump, who apparently is just looking for more people to blame when problems arise. Don’t worry, though – if anything goes right, Trump will be there to take all the credit, as everyone knows.
Many of the fires are in national forests, you moron. That’s under your job description of which you’ve never read. https://t.co/9nHyVjXmbK
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) September 13, 2020
Yep, forest management is a real thing. Addressing climate change is very much a part of forest management, so are controlled burns and proper logging. Whether any of that is to blame or not, it’s a real issue. Trump talking about him “telling people” about forest management is not real.
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