Neil Young Slams Trump Over California Wildfire Comments: ‘Time for Reckoning With This Unfit Leader’


Legendary musician Neil Young lashed out at President Donald Trump late Sunday night over the president’s recent remarks on Twitter blaming forest management for the raging wildfires in California and threatening the state’s federal funds. Along with many other celebrities, Young’s Malibu home was lost to the blaze.

“It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader,” he wrote on his members-only website. Young said the real problem is climate change

“California is vulnerable — not because of poor forest management, as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” he said in reference to Trump’s tweet. Trump tweeted that the reason the fires are so deadly is that “forest management is so poor.”

On his website, Young’s post contradicted at length, bringing up the new House majority for Democrats. “As a matter of fact, this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it… Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped. DT seems to be the Denier. (I’m holding back and not using the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so.”

“Imagine a leader who defies science, saying these solutions shouldn’t be part of his decision-making on our behalf. Imagine a leader who cares more for his own, convenient option than he does for the people he leads. Imagine an unfit leader,” said Young. ‘Now imagine a fit one.”

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