Maui residents were not happy with Joe Biden’s presence on their island on Monday as many greeted his motorcade with “f*** Joe Biden” and one-finger salutes.
Biden arrived on the island almost two weeks after it was gutted by a fire.
The death toll from the fire is 115, but its estimated 800 people are still unaccounted for.
Many Maui residents met Biden with obscenities over his treatment of the tragedy.
The reactions from some of the residents did the rounds on social media, with one video showing a group of people chanting “f*** Joe Biden” as the president and first lady walked down a street, AP reported.
Meanwhile, other residents met Biden’s motorcade with middle fingers and more obscenities.
“Here he comes after 13 days,” one person says.
“Wow, he’s finally here. Wow, yeah, thanks for nothing,” another says.
Another resident set up a sign saying “Traitor Joe Must Go” in his front yard.
Earlier this week, Biden compared his small kitchen fire to those who had lost everything from the Maui fire.
“I don’t want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it’s like to lose a home,” he said before recounting a time when a lightning strike set his house on fire. “To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette, and my cat,” he joked.
“We’re going to rebuild the way the people of Maui want to rebuild,” Biden said.
Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii’s main utility supplier, is facing scrutiny over the company’s priorities over climate change rather than focusing on fire prevention.
Hawaiian Electric Electric is also now facing lawsuits for being at fault for its aging and degraded infrastructure.
“We will be doing our own investigation. The state will be doing an investigation. We will cooperate fully in that. I think we all believe it’s important to understand what happened, and I think we all believe it’s important to make sure it never happens again,” Hawaiian Electric CEO Shelee Kimura said last week.