East Palestine Residents Fume As Biden Ignores Them, Bails Out Banks

FILE - A man takes photos as a black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern train, Feb. 6, 2023. After toxic chemicals were released into the air from a wrecked train in Ohio, evacuated residents remain in the dark about what toxic substances are lingering in their vacated neighborhoods while they await approval to return home. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • President Joe Biden has spent recent weeks traveling the country and going abroad, but has not yet visited East Palestine, Ohio, two weeks after saying he would go “at some point.”
  • Local residents and state officials told the Daily Caller that Biden’s lack of an on-the-ground response constitutes a “disaster” and a “fail” for the president, who vowed to travel to the town on March 2 — nearly a month after a nearby train derailment caused toxic chemicals to spill into the atmosphere.
  • Republican Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance, who traveled to a toxic waste site in East Palestine on Monday, criticized the president for rushing to bail out the banks instead of visiting the town “exposed to hazardous materials.”
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