Ohio Republican Official Claims California Wildfires Are ‘God’s Punishment’

In Lisbon, Ohio, Columbiana County Republican Chair Dave Johnson posted a Facebook meme that claimed — without proof — that God was punishing California with wildfires:

God’s Punishment to Liberal California [and] Hell on Earth brought to you by the Liberals in California.

Johnson removed the meme from Facebook, but county Democrats made a screenshot of the meme, which they called “disgusting,” notes WFMJ:

As we pray for our fellow Americans who have lost everything including their loved ones, this is the disgusting response to the climate-change denying leader of the Columbiana County GOP.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras called Johnson “disturbed” and a “coward.”

Betras said Johnson should apologize to the victims, their families and firefighters, and called on Johnson to resign from all the public positions he holds.

In response, Johnson issued a statement in which he changed his God thoery and made new accusations without proof:

California has been overtaken by liberals who have taxed and over-regulated the state. 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.

My heart goes out to firefighters who have lost their lives and their families, to the people who perished in the fire and their families, to the people who lost 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. The firefighters are doing a yeoman’s job of fighting the fires, but this could have been prevented.

With a lack of rainfall, forest management is even more essential to save lives and property in the state.

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.

(Sources: WFMJ, Dave Johnson/Facebook)

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