In a stunning turn of events, frustrated Maui residents are unleashing their anger on President Joe Biden ahead of his visit to the island. The residents are rightfully upset with the way the Biden administration has handled the devastating Maui fire crisis, which has already claimed the lives of 114 people, with over 800 still missing.
Frustrated Maui Residents Go off on Joe Biden Ahead of Visit as Incredible Statement Is Issued https://t.co/SrNmWm40Po
— RedState (@RedState) August 21, 2023
But it’s not just the failures of the Hawaii officials that have led to more deaths and destruction. President Biden himself has added insult to injury with his callous response to the tragedy. When asked about the rising death toll, Biden simply replied with a heartless “no comment” before going on vacation not once, but twice in one week.
Biden spokesperson Olivia Dalton says Biden will "make sure that he communicates to [Maui residents] that not only have we been there since day one, has he been there since day one…" 🤔 pic.twitter.com/NgK2quOhxf
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 21, 2023
HAWAII: Maui natives and locals slam President Biden ahead of his visit to the island.
We have yet to find one person who is excited/looking forward to his "hand shaking ceremony" at the Lahaina post office. pic.twitter.com/KZrP7u0gPc
— Tony Kinnett (@TheTonus) August 21, 2023
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Olivia Dalton’s statement that Biden has been there for the Maui residents “since day one” is a blatant lie. Everyone knows that Biden has been absent and uncaring throughout this crisis. The residents, who have had enough of Biden’s empty promises and lack of action, are making it clear that he is not welcome in their community.
Some Biden defenders argue that he’s in a no-win situation, but that’s simply a weak excuse. Biden could have shown leadership and at least pretended to care about the lives that have been lost. Republican presidents have faced intense criticism from the media and the left for far less in the aftermath of national tragedies. Biden should not be given a pass in the court of public opinion for his failures.
It is clear that Biden’s response to the Maui fire crisis has been a disaster in its own right. The residents deserve better, and they deserve a leader who will step up and take responsibility. It’s time for Biden to put aside his vacations and show some compassion for the people he is supposed to serve.