Joy Behar says Ohio train victims had it coming
The View co-host Joy Behar sent social media into a posting frenzy and shocked her audience into an audible ghasp when she declared that the residents of East Palestine deserved exactly what they got.
"I don't know why they would ever vote for him [Trump], for somebody who, by the way, he placed someone with deep ties to the chemical industry in charge of the EPA's chemical safety office," she said, according to the Daily Mail.
Then the 80-year-old pointed into the camera and added, "That's who you voted for in that district. Donald Trump, who reduces all safety."
Hostin, Buttigieg and Reid attempt to blame Trump for derailment disaster
The View co-host Sunny Hostin went so far as to outright directly blame Trump for the disaster.
"I think this is Donald Trump's fault," she said.
Though Trump was ousted from the presidential office in 2021, he is still being blamed for the disaster.
The White House isn't wasting any time attempting to pass the blame for the environmental disaster along to Trump.
“Congressional Republicans and former Trump Administration officials owe East Palestine an apology for selling them out to rail industry lobbyists when they dismantled Obama-Biden rail safety protections as well as EPA powers to rapidly contain spills,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates told USA Today via a statement on Wednesday.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also jumped on the blame Trump bandwagon.
A Fox News video clip from an interview between MSNBC's Joy Reid and Buttigieg captured his thoughts on the matter, linking the incident to a roll back on regulations during Trump's presidency
"It was definitely an ironic thing to do. You take down regulations, you water down regulations, you weaken the power of the administration to deal with freight railroad companies, and then you show up wanting to be a great friend of the people who have been impacted by a rail disaster," Buttigieg responded.
People of East Palestine find Trump blaming to be "absurd, ridiculous"
At the same time, residents of east Palestine have said it's "absurd and "ridiculous" to blame Donald Trump, according to Newsweek.
Meghan McCain, a former conservative co-host of "The View" referred to Behar's words and finger-pointing as "evil," in a post on her Twitter page:
"The people of east Palestine are currently in fear that they and their children will be getting cancer or worse from the derailment toxins in their land and water," she wrote in a Twitter post.
"This is just an evil thing to say," she added. "I would say I can’t fathom this level of cruelty and elitism but sadly… I can."
Turning Point USA talk show host Charlie Kirk also commented on his Twitter page, as well as many of his followers:
"Joy Behar says the residents of East Palestine got what they deserved because they voted for Trump. For the record, this is 1000x worse than anything Don Lemon said. Will she be kicked off her show and forced to undergo sensitivity training?
Why the train actually derailed
The actual cause of the train derailment is believed to be connected to an overheated wheel bearing.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on Thursday.
The report indicates that a warning system on the train issued three warnings that the bearing was overheating.
The final recorded temperature before the train derailed was 253 degrees above the normal temperature.
The crew attempted to stop the train, but was unable to do so, which resulted in 38 of the train cars derailing, 11 of which contained hazardous materials, according to the Daily Mail.