Scooter Braun on Trump's Response to California Wildfires: 'You Are Unfit to Lead'

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Scooter Braun speaks onstage at the Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala Benefitting FCancer at Warner Bros. Studios on October 13, 2018 in Burbank, California.

When Donald Trump commented on the catastrophic wildfires that displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Southern California and blazed through thousands of acres, Katy Perry, John Legend and many more strongly reacted to his "heartless" words. 

Scooter Braun also criticized the president for saying that "gross mismanagement of the forests" was to blame for the fires, and wrote a passionate response to Trump's tweet that encouraged him to "be a leader" in the face of crisis.

"98% of the land that has burned is federally owned," he wrote. "Mr. President it was under your watch that their budgets were cut. I’m not so left leaning that everything done under your watch I think is bad or unjust... but what I know... what you have shown... is you are unfit to lead. Leaders listen, leaders stand with their people in moments of struggle and darkness. You sir do neither. You are self indulgent, you mock, and you incite. You put down good republicans and democrats alike. You celebrate your achievements and pt fingers in your losses. Your tweet is an embarrassment to you and this nation. Good hardworking people are suffering and you point blame. Be a leader!"

By Sunday (Nov.11), the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 250,000 residents in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were forced to evacuate, and that 83,000 acres of land were scorched since the fires started sweeping through the area on Friday (Nov. 9).

Read Braun's full response to the president's comments below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@realdonaldtrump - 98% of the land that has burned is federally owned. Mr. President it was under your watch that their budgets were cut. I’m not so left leaning that everything done under your watch I think is bad or unjust... but what I know... what you have shown... is you are unfit to lead. Leaders listen, leaders stand with their people in moments of struggle and darkness. You sir do neither. You are self indulgent, you mock, and you incite. You put down good republicans and democrats alike. You celebrate your achievements and pt fingers in your losses. Your tweet is an embarrassment to you and this nation. Good hardworking people are suffering and you point blame. Be a leader! Leaders give the wins to their people and take on the blame of the losses. That is what real leaders do. People who voted for you are not bad people. In fact the majority are good hardworking men and women who just wanted change. They wanted to be heard. Appreciated with the rest of the nation. Sir you care for no one but yourself and your own achievements. You embarrass them! My family came here because they believed in a place of dreams. A place where all were given a chance for a better life. A place where morality led the day. I have not spoken out against you. I have asked to be listened to. I have asked for myself and my fellow citizens to be heard. I believe in a Democratic system of respect. I have tried to not fight with those I also hope are heard and protected. But sir this... this.. this is absurd. You are the President of the United States. Not the President of your own fan club. And if you ever saw what I wrote here today I ask you to not respond with some Hollywood elitist tweet. For god’s sake sir you have a gold toilet and a reality show. I ask that you listen not attack. Ask if you might have made a mistake...and help. You are certainly in a position to do so. And lastly to all those suffering because of these fires... and those like my brother who are evacuated right now... WE THE PEOPLE are with you. Stay safe and thank you to all the fire fighters out there risking their lives for others. True heroes.

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