Humboldt’s Congressman Jared Huffman traveled to Washington, D.C. yesterday to hand-deliver the trash he collected from one of California’s national parks over the weekend, trash he says is piling up due to the ongoing government shutdown.
“We are doing this to provide a reality check to our president,” Huffman stated yesterday afternoon outside the White House. “Let it never be said that I didn’t give anything to Donald Trump, because today I’m bringing boxes of trash from that rainy Saturday in San Francisco to provide a reality check to the president so that he understands that his political stunt in shutting down the government over the border wall has real-world consequences.”
Huffman and Rep. Jackie Speier of California’s 14th Congressional District named the garbage “Trump Trash” in response to the president-imposed shutdown, which is preventing the government employees who typically remove the trash from working.
“What we need is for President Trump to wake up and smell the coffee cups, and the diapers, and the burrito wrappers piling up,” Huffman said. “Soon we’ll have enough of it to build a wall, perhaps. It’s a real problem for people who want to visit these parks, for the volunteers trying to maintain them, and for the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who shouldn’t have to go weeks and weeks without knowing if they’re going to get a paycheck.”
President Trump took to Twitter today, possibly in response to California’s political resistance to the government shutdown and the building of a border wall, to threaten cutting the state’s federal wildfire aid.
“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,” Trump tweeted. “Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!”
The tweet promoted Huffman to fire back at the president, calling him a disgrace.
“The only disgrace I see here is a president who furloughed USFS wildland firefighters, wants to stop FEMA funding for displaced families, and won’t admit that he is wrong about pretty much everything re forest management and wildfire recovery,” Huffman wrote on Twitter.
The Outpost has reached out to Huffman’s office to find out if he and Rep. Speier did anything with the “Trump Trash” after speaking outside the White House, but we have yet to hear back.