The Washington Post is pushing backmost astatine nan widely-used declare by liberals that Trump-era policies rolling backmost information protocols were responsible for nan disastrous train derailment successful Ohio earlier this month.
In a study published Monday, Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler did a heavy dive connected "every imaginable regulatory change" made during nan Trump presidency that could person resulted successful nan toxic spills that person plagued nan agrarian municipality of East Palestine.
"From our analysis, nary of nan regulatory changes made during nan Trump management astatine this constituent tin beryllium cited arsenic contributing to nan accident," Kessler wrote.
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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks astir nan caller derailment of a train carrying hazardous waste, during an arena astatine a occurrence position successful East Palestine, Ohio, U.S., February 22, 2023. (REUTERS/Alan Freed)
Kessler wished nan Trump administration rolling backmost nan Obama-era argumentation of enforcing circumstantial brakes connected agelong trains only had a "minimal" domiciled since those brakes would person only been required for "high hazard flammable trains" while nan 1 successful mobility was a "mixed freight train."
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Another Obama-era argumentation nixed by Trump would person required a two-person crew, but Kessler said this had nary effect connected nan Norfolk Southern incident because that train had 3 workers onboard. He besides ruled retired that minimal information requirements and information audits arsenic good arsenic nan deregulation of ethylene oxide were factors.
"So far, Trump’s rollback of regulations can’t beryllium blamed for Ohio train wreck," Kessler declared successful nan report's headline.
White House officials, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, are calling for higher fines for railroad information violations pursuing their sojourn to nan Norfolk Southern clang tract successful East Palestine, Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)
Several members of nan Biden administration, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, person attempted to constituent nan digit astatine erstwhile President Trump, suggesting his administration's actions allowed nan toxic train derailment to happen.
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"It was decidedly an ironic point to do. You return down regulations, you h2o down regulations, you weaken nan powerfulness of nan management to woody pinch freight railroad companies, and past you show up wanting to beryllium a awesome friend of nan group who person been impacted by a obstruction disaster," Buttigieg said astir Trump's sojourn to East Palestine.
"The View" co-host Joy Behar points astatine nan camera while arguing nan Ohio train derailment is Donald Trump's fault. (Screenshot/ABC/TheView)
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The media besides pushed narrative, immoderate going moreover beyond Trump. "The View" co-host Joy Behar appeared to blame voters successful East Palestine, who heavy voted for Trump successful some nan 2016 and 2020 statesmanlike elections, for nan hardship that was brought to them.
"That’s who you voted for successful that district. Donald Trump, who reduces each safety," Behar told East Palestine residents.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn is simply a media newsman for Fox News Digital. Story tips tin beryllium sent to email@example.com and connected Twitter: @JosephWulfsohn.