Hawaii Company Blasts Biden For Callous Response to Maui Fire

Hawaii Company Blasts Biden For Callous Response to Maui Fire

August 25, 2023

A Hawaiian business has slammed alleged President Joe Biden for comparing the catastrophic Maui fire to a small, quickly-contained kitchen fire in his home nearly two decades ago, according to the Daily Wire.

At least 115 people on Maui were killed and hundreds are still missing after deadly fires ripped through the island earlier this month. The response to the fire has exposed the deadly incompetence of local officials and emergency response plans.

“I don’t want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense, Jill and I, what it’s like to lose a home,” Biden said. “Years ago — now 15 years ago — I was in Washington doing ‘Meet the Press.’ It was a sunny Sunday, and lightning struck at home on a little lake that’s outside of our home — not a lake, a big pond — and hit a wire and came up underneath our home into the heating ducts — the air conditioning ducts.”

“To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ‘67 Corvette, and my cat,” he continued. “But all kidding aside, I watched the firefighters, the way they responded.”

Biden has told the story of the kitchen fire before, and has taken criticism for exaggerating the nature of the fire. ​​A report from the Associated Press at the time said that the fire was “small” and “contained to the kitchen.” The Delaware fire chief said they got to the home quickly, and the situation was under control in a matter of minutes.

Hawaiian Rent-All, a company based in Honolulu that rents out tools and other heavy machinery, took a shot this week at Biden, posting criticism of the president on a sign outside its office.

“Sorry you almost lost your ’67 Corvette in a fire, Mr. President. Maui strong!” the sign read.

“Genuine sympathy is better than contrived empathy. It’s not always about you Mr. President,” the company posted on Facebook alongside a picture of the sign.

Biden, who has often cited his supposed “empathy” as a reason to vote for him, is rightfully being blasted for offering a “no comment” response to the Maui disaster after spending a day at the beach outside his Delaware home.

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