After much complaining and finger-pointing about how California mismanages its forests, Donald Trump ordered FEMA to cut federal funds for disaster relief in the Golden State.
But the issue is more complicated than the President would have his followers believe. Mashable cited causes of forest fires that include weather events, human building, and climate change, not solely mismanaged forests.
Wednesday, Trump posted an ill-informed tweet about California fires and fumbled the spelling of “forest” — twice.
President Trump says he has ordered FEMA to stop sending forest management funds to the state of California. The tweet comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires: https://t.co/GJZDMeI9SF pic.twitter.com/CvBmbesw6W
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) January 9, 2019
Here is a screenshot of the deleted tweet, which reads:
“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would ever happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!”
The only solution for proper Forrest Management. pic.twitter.com/c57tfhmchO
— Nathan Kalmoe (@NathanKalmoe) January 9, 2019
The blooper was even more conspicuous with its capitalization.
It’s really embarrassing that this man child can’t spell forest
— Jordan Borad (@jbayzzz) January 9, 2019
Remember when we had a president who could spell? #ForrestTrump
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 9, 2019
References to Forrest Gump were aplenty, and Dictionary.com set the record straight for the Trump.
Forest = A large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush; woodland.
Forrest = A name preceding Gump.https://t.co/k3F9ZzjmyG
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) January 9, 2019
He or more likely someone that does know how to spell went back and changed it. Run Forrest RUN!
— Peggy Hess (@pegsinOR) January 9, 2019
It’s not fair to call him #ForrestTrump.
Forrest Gump actually went to Vietnam.
— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) January 9, 2019
live look at the department of forrest management pic.twitter.com/dskRE3pGDX
— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) January 9, 2019
RUN FORREST, RUN!
— Rusty Shackleford (@LordShackleford) January 9, 2019
My name's Forrest. Forrest Management. People call me Forrest Management. pic.twitter.com/0gh1GSFA47
— jackie (@foxyj1986) January 9, 2019
— Travis Bone (@TheRealTBone) January 9, 2019
Dont worry, @realDonaldTrump. @GavinNewsom has his act together and is deploying California's best "Forrest Management" people as we speak. #ForrestTrump #ForrestManagement #FEMA pic.twitter.com/lQ6wOZAIIq
— Abraham Lincoln (@HonestAbe2018) January 10, 2019
The tweet was updated with the correct spelling, but Trump’s lies remain a glaring downfall. Much of California’s wildfires happen in the brush and grasslands.
An article by the Los Angeles Times described Trump’s mismanagement threats “as disturbingly uninformed as they are authoritarian,” due to his beef with California’s Democratic leaders who refuse to spend billions of dollars on the border wall.
The president's profoundly ignorant a.m. tweet about California "forrest" fires will get hit for repeated misspellings. But more importantly, many of the worst CA fires don't happen in forests at all. And these fires, which are largely accidental, won't stop anytime soon #forrest https://t.co/for5kQTcwN
— Mark Kaufman (@SkepticalRanger) January 9, 2019
Some 60% of California’s forests are on federal land, and Trump’s lack of concern for cutting FEMA aid could put those depending on it at risk of losing their homes, further injury, or even death.