When it comes to the “Resistance,” any and all events serve as a backdrop to bash President Donald Trump, even the tragic fire that severely damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Don Lemon, an anchor on the Trump-hating network CNN, reported that the people of the world “look on in shock and horror as the over 850-year-old cathedral of Notre Dame is gutted by a massive blaze,” before turning his attention to Trump’s reaction.
Lemon played a clip of the president speaking at a Tax Day event in Minnesota.
“It is one of the great treasures of the world, the greatest arts in the world,” Trump said. “If you think about it, it might be greater than almost any museum in the world and it is burning very badly. It looks like it is burning to the ground.”
Throwing away any pretense of uniting behind a tragedy, Lemon pettily critiqued the president for saying the cathedral may be “burning to the ground” — this from a man who just said it was “gutted by a massive blaze.”
He even added in his critic that the damage was “really stunning,” never mind that Trump’s remark came early on, as the fire appeared to be burning out of control.
After dissing Trump for his comments about last year’s raging fires in California, where he suggested poor forest management added to the problem, Lemon turned his attention to a tweet from Trump about using flying water tankers.
With the Notre dame fire burning for hours, the president tweeted: “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Lemon took great joy in sharing a tweet from the French Civil Defense Agency that refuted that suggestion, saying, “They were not having that.”
The tweet said that using “water-bombing aircrafts … could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.”
Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.
— Sécurité Civile (@SecCivileFrance) April 15, 2019
That the tweet came after Trump’s suggestion and was tweeted in English isn’t lost on those who understand that the French aren’t very fond of the president, who has had his share of differences with their president, Emmanuel Macron.
The first clue that the response may have had political motivations may be the use of the term “water-bombing,” as opposed to “flying water tankers.”
“You would think that the president — made his name as a builder — would know better, but this president can’t seem to resist weighing in, playing the expert,” Lemon said, his bitterness on full display.
The Vatican released a statement on the devastating fire, which was tweeted in French by Alessandro Gisotti, interim Director of the Holy See.
“The Holy See has learned with incredulity and sadness the news of the terrible fire that ravaged the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a symbol of Christianity, in France and in the world,” Gisotti tweeted. “We express our closeness with the French Catholics and with the Parisian population. We pray for firefighters and for all those who do their best to cope with this dramatic situation.”
He would later tweet that Pope Francis is praying for French Catholics and the people of Paris.
“The Pope is close to France, he prays for French Catholics and for the people of Paris in the shock of the terrible fire that ravaged the Cathedral
#NotreDame,” Gisotti said. “He assures his prayers all those who strive to cope with this tragic situation.”
Le Pape est proche de la France, il prie pour les catholiques français et pour la population parisienne sous le choc du terrible incendie qui a ravagé la cathédrale #NotreDame. Il assure de ses prières tous ceux qui s'efforcent de faire face à cette situation dramatique.
— Alessandro Gisotti (@AGisotti) April 16, 2019
If there is any good news in the tragedy, it was shared by French journalist Nicolas Delesalle.
“Good news: all the works of art were saved,” he tweeted in French. “The treasure of the Cathedral is intact, the Crown of thorns, the Holy Sacraments.”
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