(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) Amid the escalating wildfire crisis in Maui, a local resident has strongly criticized President Joe Biden’s absence as he enjoys a luxurious vacation at Lake Tahoe.
In a Thursday interview with Ella Sable Tacderan, conducted by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on The Source, the focus has shifted onto Biden’s perceived lack of responsiveness during a crucial national moment.
She pointed out the inadequacy of the provided aid, citing her parents receiving a mere $700 check, a sum she found “insulting.” The most pointed criticism, however, was aimed at President Biden’s decision to enjoy a lavish vacation with his son Hunter Biden while Maui residents face unprecedented hardships.
“It’s really affecting me because where’s the president?” the Maui resident asked. “He decides to come here this week to come here next week.”
Tacderan’s questions cut to the core, further asking, “Aren’t we Americans, too? We’re part of the United States. Why are we being pushed aside? Why are we being ignored?” Her words captured the feeling of neglect that has fueled public discontent.
Her heartfelt plea for Biden to personally witness the dire situation struck a chord. When asked what Tacderan would say to Biden during the planned visit, she responded, “Tell him to come to the memorial and see the people laying out on cots, and see how he feels.”
The Maui resident added, “The injured people lying on cots at the war memorial stadium. I’m so sorry. I didn’t expect it to turn out this way.”
The criticism came a day before Biden chose to take a luxury vacation at the mansion of Tom Steyer, a billionaire Democratic megadonor.
Tacderan’s remarks also echoed earlier criticism aimed at Biden, who, while vacationing at a Delaware beach last week, declined to comment when asked about the tragic deaths in Hawaii.
Biden’s terse “No comment” response spread widely on social media, intensifying the sense of disconnect between the president and the crisis on the ground, with one critic calling him a “scumbag.”
Following the criticism, the White House announced that the president and First Lady Jill Biden are expected to arrive in Maui on Monday.