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Jim Larkin knows President Donald Trump has shown little compassion for people like him, victims of the Camp Fire who lost everything in California’s deadliest blaze , but he voted for him once.
And he’d do that again.
“Personally, I love the president,” Larkin said on Saturday, standing outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Assistance Center in Chico. 19659006] The 63-year-old’s home burned down for 10 days ago in a massive fire that raged through forests, rolled over canyons and destroyed whole towns.
Butte County’s second largest city of Paradise, with a population of nearly 27,000 CAMP FIRE COVERAGE:
As Trump surveyed the destruction in Paradise and the city of Chico, the college city with a more moderate political makeup. then visited with public security officials at the command ce Larkin was filling out a claim for federal assistance.
Larkin has insurance for his modest home, but after days of calling claim adjusters and drowning in red tape, he decided to visit the FEMA disaster center in person. 19659006] In the days after the fire, Trump, in a tweet, criticized wildfire management and threatened to withhold federal aid funding. Some of Trump’s supporters were appalled by the president’s insensitivity. Others, like Larkin, were not fazed.
Larkin said he knew Trump was visiting Butte County. Men han har ikke tid til å bede med å chase etter en motorcade. Trump’s Twitter outburst was characteristic, Larkin said, and no one should be surprised the president came to the disaster area and left without visiting with victims of the fire.
“This is a rich man who does not even, he can ‘ t imagine, what this is, “Larkin said.” It’s very hard for people like that to understand: “Oh, they’re hurting. What’s hurting him? ‘”
In much of Butte County, or Trump Country, as many conservative locals fondly refer to it, the President does not just get a pass he gets a pat on the back.
This region of Northern California is a patchwork of rural communities, isolated from California’s big cities, where many people are born and never leave.
In 2016, Trump beat Hilary Clinton in Butte County at 4 percent points, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office. Siden presidentvalget, presidentens konservative politikker er blevet lauded ved Northern California stalwart Republicans.
But a fire that displaced some 50,000 people and killed at least 71 has changed everything and everyone. People living in chaos are only beginning to understand the trauma that will sustain, and those unaffected are offering support in the midst of government delay in housing and other immediate assistance.
Countless people are living in tents and cars in parking lots, and hundreds more are sleeping in shelters. Throughout Butte County, people are starting to understand there are no end or easy answers on the near horizon.
On Saturday, Trump traveled with Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, Gov.-Elect Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown, and FEMA Administrator Brock Long during a visit to the charred remains of Paradise.
The president’s motorcade pulled into a burned mobile home and RV park.
President Donald Trump says he traveled to the Heart of California’s killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the devastation wrought on the landscape (Nov. 17)
“Right now, we want to take care of the people who have been so badly hurt,” the president said. “This is very sad to see. As far as the lives are concerned, nobody knows quite yet. “
At the Chico four command center, Trump visited with first-responders. Firefighters are still working to contain the blaze. Sheriff deputies are working to find the missing.
The list of lost has surged to nearly 1,300.
Larkin walked his dog, a silver-gray pitbull called “Baby” in the grass in the parking lot of the FEMA disaster center at Chico Mall. The center is inside a shuttered Sears store.
On social media, people criticized officials for being able to move so quickly to set up the FEMA site in an indoor building when vulnerable populations, families with small children, the ailing and the elderly still living outside in the cold.
Trump supporter or not, the fire has changed Larkin. He escaped with flames flanking his vehicle. Han kan ikke slutte å tenke på eldre mennesker som ikke kunne gjøre det ut av deres hjem. He heard people screaming and saw other things he can not talk about yet.
“I’m 63 years old, I was born in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve seen everything, “he said.” I’ve never seen anything like this. This was disturbing to my mind. “
For the first time in his life, Larkin is considering seeing a counselor. FEMA offers a mental health assistance program for survivors of disaster.
Though he found a community and finally became a homeowner, he’s thinking he may move out of the county.
“It’s the first house I’ve had at 63 years old, “he said.” I had it for one year, and it burned down. “
Larkin said initial reports showed his house burned, then he was told he should check drone footage to be sure. Han har familie i andre stater. Maybe he’ll go there, start over, he says, rubbing Baby behind the ear.
Larkin said he did something Saturday he’d never done before. He always considered himself a “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” person. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/11/18/PPHX/2a8c306f-a8fd-4bbf-8c5a-25f61b6821fb-Jim_Larkin.JPG” data-mycapture-sm-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/11/18/PPHX/2a8c306f-a8fd-4bbf-8c5a-25f61b6821fb-Jim_Larkin.JPG?width=500&height=281″/>
63-year-old Jim Larkin is one 50,000 people displaced from their homes after the Camp Firefire destroyed the community and killed at least 71 people. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/11/18/PPHX/2a8c306f-a8fd-4bbf-8c5a-25f61b6821fb-Jim_Larkin.JPG” data-mycapture-sm-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/11/18/PPHX/2a8c306f-a8fd-4bbf-8c5a-25f61b6821fb-Jim_Larkin.JPG?width=500&height=281″/>
63- year-old Jim Larkin is one 50,000 people displaced from their homes after the Camp Fire wildfire destroyed the community and killed at least 71 people. (Photo: Dianna Nanez / The Republic)
In Butte County, 19.5 percent of the population lives below the poverty level, according to the U.S. Census. The U.S. poverty rate in 2017, according to Census figures, was 12.3 percent.
On Saturday morning, Larkin went to Carl’s Jr. to grab a cup of coffee. Something he’s done the past few mornings, trying to build a routine and a sense of normalcy after the fire unraveled his life.
He saw a man on the street who looked homeless. The type of person Larkin has seen in Butte County so many times before.
“Usually, I think just like anybody else, you can walk past a bump on the street or somebody who’s hurting or sleeping on the street, “He said, his voice breaking, his eyes filling with tears. “How can you pass him by? It’s kinda weird, you know. I could not do it. “
Jim said he thought about how he’s been waking up every morning, his bones cold in a camper parked on the street. It’s bad, he said. But this man did not have socks on
The fire has put life and people in perspective. Larkin stopped and gave the man $ 32.
“I shared my money with him,” Larkin said. “I will advocate for a person like him after this.”
At the Chico Fire Command Center, where Trump made a stop, people hung American flags and waited to
“Welcome President Trump,” one sign read.
Many families who live in this Northern California agriculture hub, where orchards and rice fields line highways, think of their rural communities as separate from the liberal bastion Trump rails against when he talks about California regulations and politics.
The desire for cultural distinction from the Golden State spurred a movement to seek independence for a newly formed conservative bastion or the so-called state of Jefferson. The movement has picked up momentum, as California Democrats counter Trump’s policies on immigration, global warming, conservation and business deregulation.
Signs for the movement hang on farms and country highways. A site is dedicated to the mission.
“We the people of the 23 counties of Northern California, hereafter known as Jefferson, formally demand immediate Article 4, Section 3, (U.S.) state split. We declare the state of California in open rebellion and insurrection against the government of the United States. “
The philosophy is rooted in a time when California was a place for pioneers, a place for prospectors amid the Gold Rush.
The political and philosophical pipe dream of secession has been morphed over the years. In 2014, a proposal to split California into six states failed when it did not have enough signatures to make the ballot.
The four zone communities in the central Sierra Nevada foothills are home to a cache of conservative retirees. People like Larkin who could not afford the higher rents in the towns closer to Sacramento, the state’s capitol.