Wildfire victims lash out at Newsom and Harris, say they used family’s devastation for photo-op to push politics

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrat vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris allegedly trespassed onto a wildfire survivor’s property this week while performing a photo-op about climate change.

While in Fresno County this Tuesday surveying damage from one of the wildfires that’s devastated the West Coast, the duo reportedly stepped onto land owned by the parents of Trampas Patten and Bailee Patten to speak to the media and snap photos.

“Newsom and Harris stopped by Pine Ridge Elementary in Auberry, before going across the street to look around a burned down home,” local station KMPH reported.

That burned-down home had been owned by Patten’s parents.

After surveying the damage, Newsom and Harris proudly shared photos from the scene to their social media accounts.


When Trampas saw the photos, he immediately recognized the area. Hurt by the two Democrats using his parents “for a photo opportunity,” he then took to Facebook to air his frustration.

“For the friends of mine that don’t recognize the fireplace in the background, that is what is left of my parents house! What has me really frustrated right now is the fact that these two politicians used my parents loss for a photo opportunity to push their political agenda! Political party wouldn’t have made a difference in this moment,” he wrote.

“Decent human beings that have character and class, wouldn’t air someone else’s misfortune on national television! Think about this when you go to the polls in a few weeks to vote. Look at this picture closely, imagine it is what is left of your hard work, hopes, dreams, place of sanctuary. Do you want this kind of leadership, using you and your loss for political gain?!”

What particularly angered him, he added, is that his own parents “haven’t even been let back in yet themselves to sort through what is left of their lives, but these two felt the need to go traipsing around my parents property without permission.”

The area was reportedly still under an evacuation order, meaning nobody was allowed in, except of course for Democrat politicians.

“I guess those property taxes my parents pay allow politicians to do this! Private property doesn’t exist in California anymore!” Trampas’s post concluded.


For the friends of mine that don’t recognize the fireplace in the background, that is what is left of my parents house!…

Posted by Trampas Patten on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Speaking with KMPH, his sister, Bailee, expressed the same sentiment.

“When we saw those photos, it was – there aren’t words, because it’s like, we haven’t even seen our house. We haven’t seen our property. There is no house, we haven’t even seen our property,” she said.

“This isn’t just devastation, this is our lives. This is where we grew up, these are our memories. And to not have that – to feel so helpless – and I guess that’s what we’ve all been thinking, is that we were so helpless. Because we weren’t there, we haven’t gotten to deal with our loss. Instead, we’re having to watch it play out on social media and news.”

And all so that the likes of Newsom and Harris can tout their climate change mantra.

In a Facebook post of her own, Bailee slammed Newsom in particular for choosing to “take my families [sic] loss and parade it all over social media and news networks to push your agenda.”


Dear Governor Newsom you don’t know me but I’m one of your CA citizens. That truck you are standing by is my dads work…

Posted by Bailee Patten on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

When questioned by KMPH about the family’s complaints, neither Newsom’s camp nor Harris’s camp seemed to have much to say.

“We haven’t heard back from Governor Newsom. Senator Harris’s Communications Director, when asked for a statement, told FOX26 News Reporter Marie Edinger over the phone, ‘I’m not going to have anything about that,’ and declined to comment further,” the station reported.

Despite the pain that the Patten family has been through, to some members of the left they’re the bad guys.

Observe (*Language warning):

It’s the same phenomenon that occurred when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was busted by a salon owner violating California’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Just like now, some tribalist leftists rushed to attack the salon owner instead of the hypocritical, multimillionaire Democrat politician who had actually done wrong.


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