California Gov. Jerry Brown told CBS “60 Minutes” that he doesn’t believe President Donald Trump “has a fear of the Lord” because the president hasn’t embraced the politics of climate change, the Hill reports.
“I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility … this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said in an interview that is scheduled for broadcast Sunday.
Brown’s state is in the midst of severe wildfires that many attribute to climate change. Some Hollywood celebrities have gone event further and blamed Trump for the fires. This week Chelsea Handler tweeted: “Just evacuated my house. It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively. Stay safe everyone. Dark times.”
Nonetheless, Trump has declared a state of emergency in the state that allows for federal assistance.
Brown once hoped to enter the Jesuit priesthood. He recently attended the COP23 United Nations climate change conference in Bonn and presented himself as the true representative of U.S. environmental policy.
Northern California was also hit with a series of wildfires this year that resulted in the deaths of 44 people.