FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, "There is no drought."
Speaking at a rally in Fresno, Calif., Trump accused state officials of denying water to Central Valley farmers so they can send it out to sea "to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish."
"We're going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they're taking the water and shoving it out to sea," Trump said at a rally that drew thousands.
In Fresno, Trump said he'd spent 30 minutes before his rally meeting with more than 50 farmers who complained to him about their struggles.
"They don't understand — nobody understands it," he said, declaring at one point: "There is no drought. They turn the water out into the ocean."
Trump cited the molecular composition of water in his proposed solution to California's supposed drought. "There is plenty of H in the atmosphere," Tump said. "And there is no shortage of O. All we have to do is connect the H to O. Problem solved."
The only satire in this post is the last paragraph. The other preceding snippets are from the news report appearing at tucson.com (Daily Star).
Here is more from the Star's report.
California is, in fact, in midst of a drought. Last year capped the state's driest four-year period in its history, with record low rainfall and snow.
The business about sending water to the ocean is based on the ongoing conflict between farmers who want more water from the Sacramento river and the state's strict environmental regulations. Sucking more water from the river would imperil an endangered species.
Trump appeared to be referring to disputes over water that runs from the Sacramento River to the San Francisco Bay and then to the ocean. Some farmers want more of that flow captured and diverted to them.
Politically influential rural water districts and well-off corporate farmers in and around California's Central Valley have been pushing back against longstanding federal laws protecting endangered fish and other species, saying federal efforts to make sure endangered native fish have enough water is short-changing farmers of the water they want and need for crops.
Water authorities say they can't do it because of the water rights of those upstream of the farmers, and because of the minimum-water allowances needed by endangered species in the bay and by wildlife in general.
Trump is an embodiment of the blurring of truth and fiction, the graying of the line between fact and falsity. He is a walking, talking, breathing satire. On a scale of a 12-inch ruler, Trump has about a quarter inch of comprehension of the major issues of our times. My guess is that his mind set is to buy the necessary expertise as he might do in one of his companies. The trouble with Trump is that governing a major world power is far more complex than managing any single corporation. He does not get it and never will. Unfortunately, neither do his supporters who seek comfort in simple sound bites and truthiness.
h/t: This post was inspired by a conversation with Ron Barber last evening at the Udall dinner. Thanks, Ron!