As the nation grieves the catastrophic loss and devastation of Paradise, California, after the Camp Fire broke out on November 8, 2018, President Donald Trump has sparked outrage after visiting the site. Located in Butte County, Paradise, California remains a total loss and it is expected to take decades to rebuild the area. The Camp Fire death toll is approximately 77 and expected to rise as the number of missing is over 1,000. When President Trump visited the area he repeatedly referred to Paradise, California as Pleasure infuriating survivors and residents.
Those offended by President Donald Trump’s gaffe took to social media to share their outrage.
While standing with California’s Governor Brown and other officials, President Trump stated the following.
“You don’t see what’s going on until you come here. And what we saw, at Pleasure… what a name, [Crowd: Paradise]. We just left Pleasure [Crowd: Paradise]… or Paradise. And what we just saw at Paradise is just…it’s just not acceptable.”
It was only when he was corrected loudly by the crowd, including Governor Jerry Brown, that President Donald Trump said the word “Paradise.”
You may see how the conversation unfolded in the video player below.
"What a name": President Trump mistakenly called Paradise, California "Pleasure" after touring the wildfire wreckage there pic.twitter.com/BHmv7XkR2Q
— ᴿealfarmacist (@real_farmacist) November 19, 2018
This wasn’t the first time President Donald Trump has aroused anger while addressing the California wildfires. In his original response to the news that the Camp Fire had remained uncontrolled in Paradise, California, the president blamed the fire on poor forest management. He then threatened to cut off funding to the state.
President Trump tweeted the following two days after the wildfires spread.
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. 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!”
The tweet did not go over well with many nationwide and the official tweet has over 106,000 comments with many accusing the President of lacking compassion and kindness for those who are suffering after losing their homes, their pets, and for some, their loved ones.
What do you think about President Trump’s handling of the California wildfires? Were you outraged that he called Paradis, California, Pleasure twice?