As the East Palestine, Ohio train disaster continues to make headlines, the politics surrounding the tragedy is causing a stir. On “The View,” Joy Behar suggested that the residents of East Palestine got what they deserved because they voted for President Donald Trump.
This provoked a response from a Biden official who stated that the comments made were unwarranted and that the president needed to be there to show he is a president for all Americans.
However, the NTSB Chair, Jennifer Homendy, blasted Behar’s claim, stating that the brake rule, which Behar blamed Trump for repealing, “would not have prevented” the disaster. The wheel bearing failed on car number 23, and even with ECP brakes, the derailment would have occurred.
Homendy also slammed those who are playing politics with the tragedy, saying that the community is suffering, and this is not about politics but addressing their needs and concerns. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was also called out for spreading misinformation about his dodging of responsibility for the train derailment and blaming Trump.
Buttigieg claimed earlier in February that he is “constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation” and cited a “braking rule” that was removed in 2018 during the Trump administration. Homendy retorted on Twitter, stating that anyone speculating about what happened, didn’t happen, or should’ve happened is misleading a suffering community, and they should stop spreading misinformation.
As passionate Republican voters, it is important to focus on the facts and not let politics cloud our judgment. It is clear from Homendy’s statements that the brake rule was not the cause of the train derailment, and it is unfair to blame Trump and his voters for the disaster.
We should be focusing on how to address the needs of the community and support those affected by the tragedy. The politics surrounding the event should not be the focus, but rather the well-being of those involved.
It is also essential to recognize that the comments made by Behar on “The View” were unwarranted and lacked compassion for the people of East Palestine.
It is unacceptable to suggest that anyone deserves to suffer the consequences of a disaster because of who they voted for. As passionate Republican voters, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard and ensure that we show empathy and compassion towards all Americans, regardless of their political views.
In conclusion, the East Palestine train disaster is a tragic event that has affected many people. As passionate Republican voters, we must focus on the facts and not let politics cloud our judgment.
We should be supporting those affected by the tragedy and not playing politics with the event. We must also hold ourselves to a higher standard and ensure that we show empathy and compassion towards all Americans, regardless of their political views.