Trump Regime

Trump Claims He’s Cutting Off Disaster Relief Money. Again.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It would not be a day ending in Y if Trump didn't threaten to harm large numbers of Americans for no substantiated reason.

Trump began his day today by vaguely claiming he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cut off support for the victims of California's wildfires.

Here's a fact: a majority of California's forests are managed by the federal government.

Here's another: a federal disaster has already been declared, money has exchanged hands, and there's no indication that the disaster declaration has been revoked.

You may remember that Congress rushed a farm bill to passage at the last minute before the Christmas break, but what you may not know is that the 2018 farm bill also included provisions for more aggressive forest management because, as stated above, the federal government is largely responsible for that.

The farm bill includes incentives for developing wood products that could be produced from excess or dead growth removed from the forest. For better or worse, the bill also removed environmental review hurdles for removing dead growth.

  • Aynwrong

    Thankfully, the Orange Führer is too incompetent to carry out some of his threats.

    • Yes, but remember Bob’s worry, which is my concern as well. Trumpov won’t be the last dictator-wanna-be and the next one will be much more charismatic, smarter and competent. The only good thing to come out of this is that now we know just how weak our system.

  • muselet

    Threatening to cut off disaster aid to California is dumb, but it plays well among Donald Trump’s base, which is all he really cares about.

    Also, our wildfires weren’t forest (which Trump originally spelled as “Forrest”) fires, they started as urban interface fires and quickly became multi-structure fires. Again, his base doesn’t care, as long as he keeps bashing us Californians as a bunch of arugula-munching hippies who don’t cut down enough trees.

    (For the record, I do eat rocket in salads, though it’s not my absolute favorite leafy green; I ain’t no hippie; and very few people hereabouts, myself included, have a problem with forest management as long as it’s done smartly.)

    –alopecia

    • katanahamon

      It’s amazing how many more varieties of arugula are available now. Usually ppl get turned off of it when they’ve had a late summer heat bomb of spiciness, but many of the tiny varieties are quite mild. They add a lot to salads, and surprisingly pizza. Thrown on top the last second a pizza comes out of the oven..it’s amazing.

  • Draxiar

    Anyone else feel like trump, while not powerless, is just toothless? His Oval Office speech was mush, he’s pretty much lost the wall battle, Mueller’s report is coming out in a few weeks, the GOP, while ostensibly still supporting him, has been far less vocal in their support, the tax bill is very unpopular, and the House Dems have legitimate investigations lined up for years. All of this amidst so much more. This is the act of a weak man kicking the least powerful to make himself feel strong.

    • David Greenberg

      Sorry, not being argumentative, but where did you hear Mueller’s report is coming out in a few weeks?

      • Draxiar

        Bob’s podcast. It’s rumors mostly and ones that I should not have proclaimed as fact. My apologies for being misleading.

    • Badgerite

      trump’s idea of negotiation is to threaten to hurt people. A mobster at heart.

    • It’s also a way for him to get back Pelosi. She pissed him off yesterday so he’s going to strike where she lives, CA. He’s a petty, vindictive man-child.

  • katanahamon

    Chez. Chez said this was something he thought Rump would do. It’s so not surprising..it’s petty, it subverts presidential norms, it’s spiteful, it’s probably illegal, it further denigrates the office of the presidency. So..totally normal for Wednesday in the Rump Administration.