Numerous celebrities slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-White House counsel interviewed Whitaker about joining Trump’s legal team: report Flake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of ‘electoral corruption’ Comey talked about sensitive FBI matters on personal email: report MORE on social media after he blamed the fast-growing wildfires in California on mismanagement by state officials and threatened to withdraw federal funding.
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump said on Twitter early Saturday morning.
“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!” he continued.
Shortly after his remarks, Katy Perry, Sarah Silverman, Ava DuVernay and other Hollywood stars took to Twitter to rail against the president.
“This is an absolutely heartless response,” Perry said on Twitter. “There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters.”
This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters. https://t.co/DJ4PN26bLZ
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 10, 2018
“Stop re-enacting your father’s coldness toward you,” Silverman also chimed in on Twitter. “You’re not Fred Trump and we aren’t 10 year old you. Stop it, you s***ty s***ty person. Feign humanity.”
Stop re-enacting your father’s coldness toward you. You’re not Fred Trump and we aren’t 10 year old you. Stop it, you shitty shitty person. Feign humanity. https://t.co/upobfKZgLM
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 10, 2018
DuVernay echoed similar remarks on Twitter, calling Trump “demented” and telling her followers to “never stop saying it.
This man is demented. Never stop saying it. https://t.co/EmjA7gLoVA
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 10, 2018
Comedian Ike Barinholtz took the chance to not only bash Trump for his tweet about the wildfires in California on Twitter but also for canceling a cemetery visit in France on the same day due to bad weather.
“This piece of sh*t flew to France to celebrate our victory in WW1, blew off the ceremony because it’s raining and instead is threatening California while we are literally on fire,” Barinholtz said.
This piece of shit flew to France to celebrate our victory in WW1, blew off the ceremony because it’s raining and instead is threatening California while we are literally on fire. Scum https://t.co/8vAUjfrqPG
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 10, 2018
Several other celebrities who are also longtime critics of the president, including Bette Midler and Kathy Griffin, also took joined others in calling out the president for his tweet.
If only we had a LEADER capable of grasping what the events in California mean and guiding us to solve them! Mass shooting, the wildfires that have consumed 100,000 acres…the Pumpkin has flown away from his defeat at the polls to eat fois gras and throw wreaths at the dead.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 10, 2018
There is no reason for you to be president. You are an incompetent piece of shit criminal. https://t.co/mRl4x7bo7U
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 10, 2018
Trump’s comments about the massive wildfires in the state came shortly after he declared a state of emergency for California, which allows federal assistance to supplement local response as blazes continue to scorch the state.
State officials have said at least nine people have died in a deadly Northern California blaze, which has been dubbed the Camp Fire.
Trump later took to Twitter on Saturday evening to offer his support for “those fighting the fires” in California, in addition to the families who evacuated their homes this week due to the blaze and those who lost loved ones in the fires.
“More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres, Trump tweeted. “Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is catastrophic. God Bless them all.”
More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres. Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is catastrophic. God Bless them all.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018