Joy Behar triggered gasps from The View audience after suggesting the victims of the Ohio toxic train crash had it coming for voting for former US President Donald Trump.
During Thursday’s show, Behar, 80, said: “I don’t know why they would ever vote for him, for someone who, by the way, put someone with deep ties to the chemical industry in charge of the chemical safety office. of the EPA”. .’
“That’s who you voted for in that district,” he said, pointing directly at the camera.
‘Donald Trump, who reduces all security’.
The audience was audibly horrified when they heard Behar’s comments.
“They need to look beyond the photo shoot and say who’s doing the job here,” Behar added.
As they headed to halftime, co-host Hostin said, “I think this is Donald Trump’s fault.”
View’s audience gasped at Joy Behar’s suggestion that the residents of an eastern Ohio town upended by a toxic train derailment had it coming after they voted for former US President Donald Trump. .
The audience could be heard audibly gasping after the comments during the show’s taping Thursday, but co-host Sunny Hostin blamed Trump squarely, not resident voters.
The controversial comment came amid a lively discussion that also brought up Republican criticism of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s handling of the situation.
Alyssa Farah-Griffin noted that Norfolk-Southern gives large donations to both parties, adding that central Ohio is “Trump country,” which led to Behar’s comment about the district.
‘That’s called nerve! It’s his fault and then he shows up,’ Behar said, referring to Trump’s visit to the district this week for brief remarks as his 2024 campaign continues to ramp up.
A total of 38 cars derailed during the February 3 accident, 11 of which were carrying hazardous materials; residents later reported feeling unwell, as well as the death of fish and wildlife.
Engineers aboard the doomed eastern Ohio toxic train said Thursday they had desperately tried to stop it, after receiving alerts that a wheel bearing was 254 degrees above normal temperature.
The crew attempted to slow the train as it headed east to Palestine, Ohio, but their efforts failed and resulted in a fierce crash.
Images and images emerging from the incident show plumes of black smoke rising from the crash site.
A total of 38 cars derailed during the February 3 accident, 11 of which were carrying hazardous materials. Residents later reported feeling unwell, as well as the death of fish and wildlife.
A preliminary report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that an engineer tried to apply the brakes to the runaway train, but it was too late.
Investigators found that three alerts had sounded warning that a wheel bearing was significantly overheated, with the final alert warning that it had reached a critical threshold moments before derailing.
The bomb report was released when embattled Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg finally visited the site, nearly three weeks into the crisis.
Buttigieg will hear from investigators how the train derailment caused such significant damage to the area.
He is also expected to visit residents of East Palestine, who were forced to evacuate after dangerous chemicals, including vinyl chloride, ignited during a controlled burning of derailed toxic train carriages.
The NTSB report did not provide an official reason for the derailment, but it did offer several key details that reveal what happened before the crash.
Key Details of East Palestine, Ohio Toxic Train Accident Revealed
Among the new details is that the train was only traveling 47 mph when it derailed, which was below the 50 mph speed limit.
The report says the train’s internal alarm went off three times before the derailment, with the first warning that the wheel hub was 38 degrees above average temperature.
According to recordings taken by a bearing heat detector, the second alert sounded after the shaft reached 103 degrees above ambient temperature.
The scenes of the toxic train derailment seemed apocalyptic. A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board says an engineer tried to apply the brakes to the runaway train.
By the third alert, the wheel bearing had overheated by more than 250 degrees, well above the 200-degree “critical” threshold that calls for the train to stop.
After the train came to a stop when the brakes were applied, engineers on board informed emergency dispatchers that there was a large fire and smoke.
They were instructed to apply the parking brake to the two cars at the front of the train, then uncouple the lead cars and move them one mile away from the rest of the derailed train.
Damning images emerged in the aftermath of the incident.
Images were released in recent weeks showing the train was already on fire as it traveled through a depot more than 20 miles from the crash site.
The train derailment on February 3 caused a fire that could be seen for miles
As toxic waste leaked from several of the cars, Norfolk Southern, the rail company, decided to simmer the hazardous material in an attempt to prevent the hazardous waste from spilling into the surrounding area.
Nearby homes were quickly evacuated as the situation worsened, while the highly toxic and flammable chemical fire created a large plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.
Environmental and health risks
Despite residents being told it was safe to return home after the evacuation, many locals complained of serious side effects, including persistent coughing and burning eyes.
Thousands of dead fish were also seen in the waterways and local animal populations were reported to have died as a result of the chemical spill.
Nearby homes were quickly evacuated when the highly toxic and flammable chemicals ignited.
The destructive incident was one of several train derailments to hit the American heartland in recent weeks.
Buttigieg’s delayed visit underscored a wave of criticism over the federal government’s handling of the toxic situation.
His eventual arrival was overshadowed by a visit from former President Donald Trump, who told residents of eastern Palestine that they had been “betrayed” by President Biden’s administration.
The former president greeted large crowds as he brought thousands of bottles of his own water, cleaning supplies and canned food.
As Trump entered the devastated eastern Ohio city, he was greeted by hundreds of people who lined the streets waving MAGA flags and chanting “no more Joe.”
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has criticized Trump’s visit to East Palestine as a photo op.
Buttigieg visited the site of the train derailment, but the delay sparked a wave of criticism over the federal government’s handling of the toxic situation.
Buttigieg has criticized the visit as a “photo op” for the 2024 Trump campaign.
In a speech at a fire department, Trump praised the response of law enforcement and the “strength and courage” of residents, saying, “They are not forgotten.”
He vowed to return if the community did not receive help from the White House, and when asked by a reporter what message he had for Biden, Trump said: “Come here.”
“We stand with you,” Trump told the crowd at the East Palestine Fire Department, “we pray for you and we will stay with you as you fight to help you respond and (get) the accountability you deserve.”
“Biden and FEMA said they would not send federal aid to (the city) under any circumstances,” Trump claimed. ‘We opened the dam and got them moving.’
Trump’s high-profile visit coincided with the release of a Norfolk Southern statement saying it would take “full responsibility” for the derailment.