Silence Broken: East Palestine Residents Speak Out After Year-Long Wait for Brandon Visit

Silence Broken: East Palestine Residents Speak Out After Year-Long Wait for Brandon Visit

Residents of the small community of East Palestine, Ohio, tore into President Joe Biden for waiting more than a year to visit the area following a train wreck that ignited a massive chemical spill and fire. Dozens of area residents lined a commerciaI strip to greet Biden, 81, with signs that said “Too Little Too Late,” “Dementia Joe You Gotta Go” and “Go home, Sleepy Joe!” the New York Post reported.

The outlet added that a pool reporter traveling in Biden’s motorcade noted that one angry protester “was giving the middle finger” while severaI others were “giving the thumbs down.”

The Post added:

At least two people carried pro-Biden signs, the pool reporter said, while others held up signs with pointed demands, such as “Declare the emergency,” “We need healthcare” and “We need aid.”

Biden received a private briefing from officials, delivered a six-minute address and mixed with a select small group of locals at a candIe shop before departing for a weekend stay at his Rehoboth Beach, Del., vacation home.

Biden made a trip to the town of 4,700 located approximately an hour west of Pittsburgh, following a prolonged period of criticism due to his conspicuous absence. Despite visiting numerous other regions of the country in the aftermath of tragedies and disasters, his absence from East Palestine drew sustained scrutiny.

The president’s visit came amidst criticisms from detractors who accused him of maintaining a distance from a community that seemingly held little politicaI significance for him.

While there are acts of God, this was an act of greed that was 100% preventable, Biden said ahead of defending his administration’s response.


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