One of the county chairman for the Ohio Republican Party shared a meme on Facebook claiming that the wildfires in California are God’s punishment on liberals. When called out for it, he then offered an excuse that was not only incoherent, but completely contradictory to what the meme said.
David Johnson, chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party in Ohio, came under fire on Monday after he said that the deadly wildfires in California are “God’s punishment” to liberals.
Johnson posted an image of the fires on Facebook with text that read: “God’s Punishment to Liberal California.”…
In a statement to WFMJ, Johnson defended the messages he posted on Facebook.
“California has been overtaken by liberals who have taxed and over-regulated the state,” Johnson opined. “There are changes that could have been made which would have helped prevent the deadly fires had there been proper management of forests, but the timber industry is not allowed. The firefighters and people’s lives should never have been put in jeopardy. They did not have to die and people did not have to lose their lives, homes, and everything they own.”“The point of the meme is that the people and firefighters lives could have been spared if not for the liberal policies in California,” he added. “The point of the meme is being exploited by Mahoning Democratic Party Chairman David Betras to cover his miserable performance in the last election and if anyone should resign Betras should resign.”
Oh for crying out loud. The meme didn’t say that California liberals had passed bad forest management policies and that’s why the fires happened (how could it? 98% of the forest land in California is controlled by the federal government, not the state). It said it was God’s punishment for being liberal. Is Johnson saying that if only California had better forest management policies, God could not have punished them? Would that limit his omnipotence somehow? Seriously, how does someone say something that stupid and dishonest without feeling embarrassed?