Trump tours wildfire-ravaged California town of Paradise and mistakenly calls it 'Pleasure', twice
The president reportedly fumbled with the name of the fire-ravaged town twice while making a statement on the devastation caused by the wildfire.
President Donald Trump was slammed on social media over the weekend after he wrongly labeled the California wildfire-hit town Paradise and called it "Pleasure" during a press conference. Trump made the remarks while visiting the mountain town, which has been nearly wiped off the map by the state's deadliest wildfire on record. Reports state that there are nearly 1,276 people from the town have been reported missing and 76 have been confirmed dead.
The president reportedly fumbled with the name of the fire-ravaged town twice while making a statement and said: "What we saw at Pleasure … what a name, right now," Trump said referring to the Northern California region, which is called Paradise. "What we saw. We just left Pleasure …" Trump said before multiple people around him corrected the Republican.
"If you’re watching from New York or if you’re watching from Washington DC, you don’t really see the gravity of it. As big as they look on the tube, you don’t see what’s going on until you come here. And at what we saw at Pleasure – what a name – right now, but what we just saw, we just left Pleasure…" Trump said as a bystander interrupted and said: "Paradise."
'Pleasure, what a name': Donald Trump confuses wildfire-hit California town Paradise pic.twitter.com/Lt5cGZaUdy— The Independent (@Independent) November 19, 2018
The president then corrected himself and said: "Paradise. What we just saw at Paradise it’s just, er, you know, it’s just not acceptable."
Shortly after his statement, several people on Twitter slammed the Republican as many suggested that he had gone to the wildfire-hit region just for a photo ap.
Proving once again that Trump just flew to California for a photo op, he calls the town that was completely destroyed the wrong name TWICE. It’s not ‘Pleasure’, it’s ‘Paradise.’ 76 dead, almost 1300 missing and over 2,600 are homeless. Learn the damn name, Trump.— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) November 18, 2018
While Adam Smith posted: "Right.... I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt..... however, Donald Trump has proved once more he is a complete clown!! Nearly 80 dead and many 100s missing in Paradise and he calls it Pleasure !! Is he for real??”
Another Twitter user said: "My co-worker grew up in Paradise. He went to high school there; it is now burned down. He told me about Trump calling Paradise “Pleasure.” He said hearing his hometown, that is gone, being called by the wrong name “really p***** me off. I‘m offended. Really offended.”
The blaze, which started Thursday last week outside the hilly town, reportedly grew to 404 square kilometers and destroyed over 6700 buildings. Nearly all of the buildings were homes of people and the wildfire.
The firefighters reportedly found the dead inside their cars and outside vehicles or their homes after a last-minute evacuation, which Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea called "the worst-case scenario." The identities of the victims have not been released yet. Reports state that many abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot as flames bore down from all the sides.