GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach have slammed President Donald Trump over his tweets about the California wildfires, which have forced tens of thousands of people to quickly evacuate their homes, including several high-profile celebrities.
In his tweet early Saturday, Trump blamed the “costly” fires on “gross mismanagement of the forests,” adding “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
Rose took to Twitter the same day to post his own reaction, calling Trump a “demented” and “truly pathetic individual.”
Axl wrote: “Um…actually…it’s a lack of federal funding that’s at the ‘root’ of the purported forest mismanagement. Only a demented n’ truly pathetic individual would twist that around n’ use a tragedy to once again misrepresent facts for attempted public/political gain at other’s expense”
The GUNS N’ ROSES singer wasn’t the only rocker to call out Trump on his reaction to the fire.Lee also tweeted out his own thoughts. He wrote: “Can you be anymore insensitive you fucking moron”
Later on Saturday, Trump posted a new, kinder and gentler tweet about the California wildfires, voicing his appreciation for the firefighters battling the blazes. “More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres,” he wrote. “Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is catastrophic. God Bless them all.”
Early on Sunday, however, the president seemed to return to his earlier theme. “With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California,” he tweeted. “Get Smart!”
Trump‘s criticism prompted a response from Bach, who tweeted: “God Bless Them All? You are the most USELESS human being to ever walk the Planet Earth. Except the useless idiots who actually vote for you” Bach concluded his tweet by adding several middle-finger hand-signal emojis.
The Woolsey fire broke out late Thursday evening, affecting the Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura and Hidden Hills areas of Southern California. It has since doubled in size to 83,275 acres acres, destroying at least 177 homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 265,000 people.
The fire remained at five percent containment as of Saturday night. At least 2,000 firefighters had been dispatched to battle the blaze.
California officials and fire experts, including the head of the state’s largest firefighters association, blasted Trump‘s comments as simplistic and ill-informed, noting that the federal government itself owns more than half of California’s forest land.
The Pasadena Firefighters Association declared the president “wrong.”
“The fires in So. Cal are urban interface fires and have NOTHING to do with forest management,” the association tweeted.
Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters union, agreed.
“The firefighters and the communities in this state deserve an apology,” he said.
“Malibu is not a logged area. It’s rolling hills and chaparral.”
What’s more, he said, most of the state’s forests are managed by the federal government.
“The president of the United States is ignorant of the process of forest management and wildfires,” he said.