A fire broke out in Trump Tower on Saturday, taking the life of a resident. This loss is a tragedy, but the preventability of it makes it even worse. Todd Brassner, 67, died over the weekend due to President Trump refusing to put a safe sprinkler system in his New York City skyscraper. However, despite being one of President Trump’s properties, the story was largely ignored by news outlets.
Of course in Trump’s world, everything was just fine:
Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018
In the 90s, when the president Trump was still just a businessman, albeit very rich and powerful, he decided he did not want to have to pay for expensive sprinkler systems on residential floors of Trump Tower. Because sprinklers are an excellent way to quell fires, especially ones too large to be handled by a single fire extinguisher, Rudy Giuliani, the mayor of New York City at the time and a friend of Trump’s, was pushing for legislation that would require sprinklers in buildings. Trump was angered by this legislation and claimed that it would have been too expensive to have sprinkler systems installed throughout the whole building. He worked with multiple city council members to block any such legislation and managed to kill the bill. As a result, there were no sprinklers in place to stop the fire on Saturday, and Brassner died in the flames.
Although major news stations steamrolled over this story, Twitter maintained its relentless nature. While Trump continues to fill his followers’ timelines with tweets about Hillary Clinton instead of offering condolences to Brassner’s family, Twitter users weren’t going to let Brassner’s death be forgotten and tweeted responses at Trump. Take a look:
Someone just died in a fire in Trump Tower, and you’re whining about Hillary instead? What a bloviating loser.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 8, 2018
I’m a supporter, but I really need to know why there is NO mention of the person who died???
— Tim S. AKA BoogeyMan (@TheBoogeyPage) April 8, 2018
Let me get this straight…
You are more worried about the trump brand and the reputation of your building than the life that was lost…a man died in a fire in your building and many firefighters were injured!!
But you’re more interested in tweeting about Obama!!
— Dan Trip (@DanTrip2) April 8, 2018
This jackass, @realDonaldTrump, LOVES to talk about his fucking shitty buildings during tragedies.
Somebody just DIED from the fire in his non-sprinkler-equipped trump Tower, he’s bragging about well built it is.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 8, 2018
Not a word of condolence for the life lost in his own tower, a life that might have been saved had Trump made the decision to retrofit with sprinklers https://t.co/ScOuEAbp3Y
— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 8, 2018
Except high residential units have no sprinklers and a 67 year old man was dying while Trump was bragging about the building and NYFD said at 8pm the fire was still not considered contained because of smoke on upper floors. https://t.co/2clJEmgero
— (((STOP))) tRumpnado (@Trumpnado2016) April 8, 2018
One person died and four firefighters were injured, but this piece of shit would like you to know his building is okay. https://t.co/7jrfGHstEA
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) April 8, 2018
Bragging about a building that was just very publicly on fire is a pretty perfect encapsulation of this entire presidency https://t.co/OIwUgES19m
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) April 7, 2018Loading...
Source: Truth Examiner