A distraught and tearful Maui fire resident pleaded with Joe Biden to help, saying there was hardly any government support for the victims.
“Where is the president?” she said, calling Biden out for not coming to Hawaii until the following Monday.
“Aren’t we Americans, too? Like we’re part of the United States, but why are we being put in the back pocket? Why are we being ignored?” she asked.
Ella Sable Tacderan told Kaitlan Collins that the $700 Biden sent to affected households was nowhere near what is needed in living expenses due to “expensive” grocery prices.
Tacderan said, “The Maui community has been helping the Maui community.”
Biden has repeatedly ignored reporters’ questions about the deadly Maui fire.
However, Biden issued a video Thursday morning that ABC’s Good Morning America dutifully broadcast and showed on ABC’s jumbotron in Times Square:
Later on Thursday, Biden again refused a contemporaneous comment to reporters:
The White House posted photos of Maui relief workers on Thursday:
Locals are now organizing themselves in the absence of government help:
As CBS reported, a Maui pro surfer @Kai_Lenny talks about the volunteer army that has stepped up to provide supplies for the community of Lahaina.
“I haven’t seen one state, county, or federal official at any of the donation hubs where people are most suffering,” he said.