MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski criticized President Trump’s unintelligent remarks about “raking” forests to stop wildfires, explaining that it adds “to the list” of why many historic American allies “look at America differently” with Trump as president.
“I’m not sure what [Trump] was trying to get at,” Brzezinski said. He is a co-host for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where the panelists demolish Trump every day.
“But this just adds to the list of reasons why our allies and other countries around the world just look at America differently today.”
President Trump over the weekend said that Finland does not get harsh wildfires because their government spends a lot of time on “raking and cleaning” forest floors.
Finland’s president said that he briefed Trump on monitoring forest fires but did not ever mention raking.
The president has lied about and downplayed how much global warming exacerbated the fires, which were the deadliest and the most destructive in California’s entire history, with 77 people dead and nearly 1,000 people missing.
“We will look back and see that one of the great tragedies of this political moment of division is the extent to which climate change has become a victim of that partisanship,” said BBC journalist Katty Kay to Brzezinski while on “Morning Joe.”
“The president is in an incredibly powerful position to lead the world right now on what is probably the most pressing issue of our time,” Kay added. “And in the face of incontrovertible scientific evidence that climate change is contributing … the president still says, ‘Well, not really, no, tiny bit,’ hasn’t changed his view on climate change, he doesn’t really think that’s the issue here, let’s get back to raking leaves.”
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) attributed the deadly wildfires partially to climate change, saying they are part of California’s “new abnormal.” Brown said evidence shows that natural disasters will very likely intensify and worsen in the next 20 years and beyond. Donald Trump will be working to make the problem worse.
Trump and members in his corrupt administration have lied by saying that human beings have not caused climate change, but studies around 97% of scientists agree that climate-warming trends are linked to human activity, NASA data shows. It is not an exaggeration to say that Republicans are selling out our planet in order to help corporations make more profit. People will die as a result of conservative greed.