Palin, Breitbart And InfoWars Blame Immigrant For Cali Wildfires

By on October 20, 2017

Loopy right-wing gadfly Sarah Palin and not-to-be trusted “news” sources Breitbart and Alex Jones haven’t even waited until all the flames are out to inject their political agendas into the disastrous California wildfires. Even worse, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has shamefully bought into the specious scenario that an illegal alien started the conflagration that has left 43 dead (current count), many missing and thousands displaced from their homes.

Breitbart and InfoWars headlined the “story.” And then Palin jumped in on Twitter.

A homeless undocumented Hispanic immigrant was arrested for arson in Sonoma last Sunday after a fire he started spread to half an acre. The blaze was quickly extinguished by a sheriff’s deputy and firefighters.

Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano did his best on Thursday to stamp out the speculation that the man was responsible for the disaster. “There’s a story out there he’s the arsonist for these fires. That is not the case,” he said at a news conference. “There is no indication he is related to these fires at all.”

According to USA Today, another Sonoma County lawman “said the only questions Breitbart News and InfoWars asked were about Gonzalez’s ethnicity and whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement had placed a detainer on him, which would hold him for an additional 48 hours at the jail.”

The Los Angeles Times on Thursday also reported that,

ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan blasted Sonoma County for so-called sanctuary policies that he said has ‘left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes.’

Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano lashed back, saying Homan’s statement was “inaccurate, inflammatory and damages the relationship we have with our community.”

Of course right-wingers want to blame an immigrant as an investigation into the causes has not been completed yet. There is speculation, reported by CNBC, that “Pacific Gas & Electric’s power lines [were] a possible cause of some of the current wildfires in the state’s wine country.” One couple who lost their home have already filed suit against PG&E.