Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – “On the eve of landfall of Hurricane Florence, Trump is doubling down on the lies. Just this week, he heralded his response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as an ‘unsung success’ and insisted that 3,000 people did not die in the disaster, contrary to official reports.
“As North Carolina braces for Hurricane Florence in areas with open hog manure pits and coal ash piles that are likely to flood drinking water sources, Trump’s hurricane of lies is just the first load of toxic crap about to be unleashed this week.
“We, like most people, are weary of the lies. The people of Puerto Rico and those along the Eastern seaboard who are evacuating from their homes—including one of our own staff members in North Carolina—deserve far better.
“Beyond the lies, the policies themselves are simply shameful. Trump recently cut FEMA’s budget to fund his immoral immigration agenda. His priorities are not serving the majority of Americans and will only lead to further disaster. We are in a fight for our lives, and we are going to continue to fight Trump’s toxic policies on climate change, pollution, factory farms, infrastructure, trade and more.”
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