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No pleasure in Paradise

On the Edge

On The Edge
Áine Ryan

IN the case of California there is a big difference between Pleasure and Paradise. Just ask the thousands of householders who are still counting the cost of the wildfires that have ravaged the region during recent weeks. Ask the families of those who not only lost their homes and all their belongings, but also their loved ones.  
I wonder what they think of Donald Trump’s latest gaffe? It was an unforgivable one, wasn’t it?
It was bad enough that when the wildfires broke out initially he blamed mismanagement of the forests and, indeed, repeated that uncorroborated claim the day before he finally visited the devastated area on Saturday, November 17.
Add to this his misinterpretation of his conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö where he concludes that the widely afforested country protects itself from wildfires by raking its forest floors. You have to laugh.
Asked by Fox News the day before his visit if he thought climate change had contributed to the inferno, he said: “Maybe it contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management.” Trump has previously dubbed climate change a hoax and claimed that scientists specialising in the subject are politically motivated.
Meanwhile, it is worth remembering that this is an area where there has been a drought for almost six years.
Trump’s dearth of knowledge was then compounded when on Saturday, November 17, while visiting the stricken area in the company of the outgoing and incoming Democratic Party governors, Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, he used the wrong name for the town twice.  
“You’re watching from New York or you’re watching from Washington DC, and you don’t really see the gravity of it,” he said. “I mean, as big as they look on the tube, you don’t really see what’s going on until you come here. And what we saw at Pleasure, what a name, right now … but what we just saw …  We just left Pleasure,” he continued, before an uncomfortable looking Jerry Brown – and others around him – could take it no more, and leapt in to correct the president.
Indeed, Donald: ‘what a name right now’. What an unadulterated twit!
Really, wouldn’t you expect a primary school pupil to get that name right? If this is what ‘Make America Great Again’ is all about, please let all those subscribing to the nationalists and nativists rising through the ranks of political power throughout Europe be warned.
In the case of his latest faux pas, it is too late for one of Donald’s mortified officials to sit him down and explain … slowly … very slowly …  that Paradise is a town in Butte County in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with a population of around 26,218 citizens; that on November 8, a catastrophic wildfire destroyed most of the town and there are hundreds of people from Butte County still missing; that this wildfire in northern California has destroyed nearly 10,000 homes, while torching 233 square miles of lands.
Trump’s officials, on the other hand, probably won’t have to tell this narcissistic man-child that in the 2016 presidential election, Hilary Clinton won the popular vote in California State with a 61.7 percent majority and, moreover, 55 of the electoral college votes were assigned to the Democratic candidate.       
Oh dear. This cartoon character just keeps on giving and giving. But there is nothing funny about him. Not really.
From a psychological perspective it would be interesting to hear Sigmund Freud’s analysis of this unforgivable and dreadful error.
Really, Stormy Daniels, the former porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump back in 2006, said it all after he recently called her ‘Horse face’. She retorted by calling him ‘Tiny’.
Clearly, it is not only the referred-to organ that is tiny.