Former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor said in an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT) that President Donald Trump wanted to cut funding for Americans whose homes burned in California’s wildfires because voters in the state did not support him.
- Trump repeatedly has said that California should not receive federal help with wildfires because the state has not listened to his advice and cleaned up its forests.
- “It’s one of the president’s responsibilities to protect all Americans, regardless of threat or hazard,” Taylor begins. “We had wildfires raging out of control in California, and the president would say to us, ‘I hate Jerry Brown. He doesn’t support me. Californians don’t do anything for me. I’m sick of helping them out.’”
- Trump told the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in a phone call “to cut off the money and to no longer give individual assistance to California,” Taylor continued.
- “He told us to stop giving money to people whose houses had burned down from a wildfire, because he was so rageful that people in the state of California didn’t support him. And that politically, it wasn’t a base for him.”
- “These are people who are Americans too,” Taylor said. “But that’s how he operates.”