Residents of East Palestine are responding harshly after President Joe Biden claimed his schedule was too busy to visit the area as promised. The small community in Ohio was the site of a devastating chemical spill and explosion in February that captivated the nation. Yet, eight months later, despite promising to make a trip there early on, the president has still not followed through.
As RedState reported, Biden was asked about East Palestine while touring hurricane damage in Florida. He responded by claiming he hasn’t “been able to break” because “there’s a lot going on.” He then mentioned an upcoming trip to Asia as being more important.
None of the excuses the president made add up. Biden spent most of August on three different vacations, including staying at a billionaire donor’s house in Lake Tahoe. He has spent right around 40 percent of his presidency not working, with much of it spent in Delaware. The idea that he hasn’t had a few hours to take the short fight over to East Palestine is laughable. It’s flatly untrue.
That’s not lost on the residents of the town, some of whom appeared on Fox News to discuss Biden’s comments.
“At this point, I don’t even care if Biden comes, he has already insulted us,” East Palestine resident Jamie Wallace told “Fox and Friends” guest host Nicole Saphier.
“We are here, we are still sick. We do have unmet needs. We need to have representation at this hearing that’s coming up in East Palestine when our politicians they come in they meet with very cherry-picked groupings of the community and it’s not representative of most of us that are still suffering, still in hotels, still relocated,” Wallace said. “I don’t care. This is not a red issue, it’s not a blue issue. This is an issue of human lives and it can happen to every single person watching this that has a railroad track within 30 miles. You know, this is about human lives.”
Approved ~ MJM