'California is going to hell': Trump attacks California, New York, Illinois in morning tweets
Donald Trump launched a flurry of typically outrageous tweets earlier this week.
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Mr Trump issued a trio of tweets belittling the Democratic Party-led states.
In the first, Mr. Trump tweeted that "California is going to hell".
Republicans often criticize the Liberal government under California Governor Gavin Newsom, and the president's recent push is likely a reference to the devastating forest fires the state has been fighting all summer.
By early October, almost four percent of the country had been set on fire in forest fires. The flames killed 31 people.
Mr. Trump blamed California forest management for the fires.
"I see the forest fires starting again," he said. "They start all over in California. I said you have to clean your floors, you have to clean your forests - there are many, many years of leaves and broken trees and they are so flammable you touch them and it goes up."
Forest fires are typically annual events in the state, and their intensity has increased in recent years due to climate change.
According to the president, California isn't the only doomed state destined for hell. New York is apparently already there.
"New York has gone to hell. Vote Trump!" he tweeted.
Mr Trump, who self-promoted himself as a New York real estate tycoon, has teamed up with the state’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo since the coronavirus pandemic began in the US in March. He claimed - without evidence - in August that people had "fled New York" because of the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo.
Mr. Trump named New York City as one of its "anarchist jurisdictions" and threatened to cut the city off from federal funding.
Mr Cuomo did not respond well to the threat, saying that Mr Trump "cannot have enough bodyguards to walk around New York City. Forget bodyguards, he'd better have an army if he thinks he's in New York by that." Streets will go. ""
The last stop on Mr. Trump's tour of doomed American places was Illinois.
"Illinois has no place to go. Sorry, doesn't it? Vote Trump!" he tweeted.
It wasn't immediately clear why Illinois couldn't join California and New York in Hell.
It is likely that Mr Trump's problems with Illinois have less to do with the state than Chicago.
Chicago has long been a way for Republicans to oppose liberal demands for gun control and reforms to racial justice in law enforcement. Citing the city's strict gun laws and high violent crime rate as evidence that gun control is not working, they have historically suggested that Chicago's black and black law enforcement crimes are more of a concern than systemic racism.
In a letter sent to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker in June, Mr Trump wrote extensively on the gun crime in Chicago, suggesting that the governor's failure to lead effectively exacerbated the city's problems. Mr Trump then wrote that he would be ready to work with Mr Pritzker to solve the city's problems if he were willing to "put aside" partisanship.
Mr Trump's confusing idea of fixing rampant violence in Chicago was to cut taxes and liberalize businesses.
"If you're willing to put aside bias, we can work together to revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago. But to be successful, you need to establish law and order. The combination of crime, high state and local taxes, and burdensome state and government." Local government regulation has fled thousands of Illinoisians to other states, "wrote Trump.
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