On February 3, a 141-car Norfolk Southern train derailed in the eastern Ohio town of East Palestine. About 50 of the rail cars were damaged, including five tank cars carrying toxic and carcinogenic vinyl chloride. Safety crews vented and burned the vinyl chloride. The town was ordered evacuated, ‘Leave Now’: Hundreds of Residents Near Site of East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment Ordered to Evacuate.
(Article by Streiff republished from RedState.com)
To call the official response tepid would give it too much credit.
The Brandon White House has essentially ignored the issue. Our alleged Transportation Secretary, the poster child for Equity in this regime, was more concerned about too many white guys getting hired on construction projects (Pete Buttigieg Is too Busy Blaming White Men for Things to Be Bothered With the East Palestine Disaster) to pay any attention. I guess the men there weren’t on maternity leave or enjoying the pleasures of gay parenthood, so they don’t count. When he finally did comment, it was to lie in an attempt to place the blame for the accident on the Trump Administration (Debunking the Claim That Donald Trump Is to Blame for the Ohio Train Disaster).
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine had been flying top cover for Brandon’s inactivity.
Republicans: Where is Pete Buttigieg?!?
Ohio Gov. DeWine (R): President Brandon called me and said ‘we will give you anything you need.’ I have not called him back.pic.twitter.com/UPUAEtOe9L
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) February 15, 2023
DeWine is nearly as pathetic as Chris Christie kissing Obama’s butt in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. If he thought his pandering would do him or the people of East Palestine any good, that thought was soon put to rest. On Thursday morning, 13 days after the train derailment, with the toxic plume from the burn-off of the vinyl chloride covering at least 225 miles downwind, DeWine asked for federal aid. Instead, he was told to FOAD because this was not a “traditional disaster.”
The DeWine Administration has been in daily contact with FEMA to discuss the need for federal support, however FEMA continues to tell Governor DeWine that Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time
I can’t find any evidence that DeWine has visited East Palestine, which, if true, speaks volumes.
Senator JD Vance has visited (JD Vance Makes Horrible Discovery in East Palestine Creek; J.D Vance and East Palestine Mayor Sum up Failed Response of Brandon Admin).
Read more at: RedState.com