Katy Perry has slammed Donald Trump for his “heartless” comment regarding the Californian wildfires.
It has been reported that the terrifying blaze has taken the lives of over 25 people and is continuing to destroy neighbourhoods throughout the city.
While many have taken to social media to send thankful messages to firefighters and emergency crews working to control the fire, Donald Trump took a different approach.
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” he tweeted.
This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters. https://t.co/DJ4PN26bLZ
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 10, 2018
“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 president’s tweet sparked outrage, as many followers hit out at the 72-year-old for making the comments while people were losing their lives.
Katy Perry was amongst those who slammed the Trump for his comments, as she retweeted him and wrote: “This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved.”
“Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters,” she continued.
The reason these wildfires have worsened is because of climate change and a historic drought. Helping victims and fire relief efforts in our state should not be a partisan issue. https://t.co/WiBnppsr3m
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) November 10, 2018
In a terrible urban fire in Los Angeles, Trump shows his ignorance and lack of empathy by blaming forest management. Fire officials immediately have to correct him.
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) November 10, 2018
The singer wasn’t the only celebrity to hit out at the president from his comments, as stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Barbra Streisand also slammed Trump’s tweet.
“The reason these wildfires have worsened is because of climate change and a historic drought. Helping victims and fire relief efforts in our state should not be a partisan issue,” Leonardo wrote.
“In a terrible urban fire in Los Angeles, Trump shows his ignorance and lack of empathy by blaming forest management. Fire officials immediately have to correct him,” Barbra tweeted.
Following the negative backlash regarding his tweet, Trump went on to write: “More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres.”
These California fires are expanding very, very quickly (in some cases 80-100 acres a minute). If people don’t evacuate quickly, they risk being overtaken by the fire. Please listen to evacuation orders from State and local officials!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
He continued on to urge anyone near the fires to evacuate and listen to state officials, as he also said: “Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died.”
The president later sparked more backlash, as he tweeted: “With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!”
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