Washington Post admits Trump had nothing to do with East Palestine disaster

 March 1, 2023

You know the Biden administration is desperate when even the Washington Post is fact-checking their spin. The liberal newspaper has published an article pushing back on the spurious claim that Donald Trump precipitated the East Palestine train disaster through deregulation.

The Post's Glenn Kessler examined "every possible regulatory change" that may have been linked with the derailment and found no evidence to suggest a connection.

“From our analysis, none of the regulatory changes made during the Trump administration at this point can be cited as contributing to the accident,” Kessler added.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg didn't visit East Palestine until nearly three weeks after the February 3 derailment, which caused toxic chemicals to spill into the environment.

Trump vindicated by liberal media

The Biden administration has sought to deflect blame for its delayed response by insinuating that Trump -- who made a visit to East Palestine a day before Buttigieg did -- is somehow responsible.

Buttigieg has been particularly vocal about blaming Trump for reversing an Obama-era regulation that required certain trains to implement electronic brakes.

While the government has claimed the air and water is clean, residents in the town fear they have reported various health problems. But even left-leaning "fact-checkers" have disputed Buttigieg's claim, noting the train that derailed in East Palestine was not covered by the rule.

The New York Times conceded that Trump's rule change "probably" had no impact on the derailment, noting, "speed does not appear to have been the issue in this case."

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has also contradicted the White House's "false" claims.

Dems doubling down

Nevertheless, as these things tend to go, the "Trump caused the derailment" talking point has taken on its own life and gone viral on the left.

Democratic politicians like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-Ny.) are also continuing to plug it -- whether out of ignorance or shameless cynicism is unclear.

Schumer said that Trump "repealed requirements for an electronic braking system because, according to them, the safety benefits were not worth the cost."

"You don’t need to be an expert to see that when companies prioritize profits over safety, when they loosen safety rules, lay off thousands of workers, and spend more money on stock buy backs then on preventing accidents, you’re flirting with disaster,” Schumer added. “It is so typical of Donald Trump.”

Biden has stoked anger with his cavalier response to the disaster, saying he has no plans to visit East Palestine because he did a "whole video" on Zoom.

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