In the aftermath of the recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, Governor Glenn Youngkin is calling out President Biden for prioritizing politics over people. In an interview with Fox News, Youngkin urged the president to visit the residents affected by the disaster and show real leadership.
“You have to lead when you’re president, and he is a follower,” Youngkin said. “And unfortunately, the Ohio situation particularly screams for leadership. He has not done it.”
While Biden recently visited Virginia Beach and spoke on affordable healthcare, critics have pointed out that he has yet to visit Ohio, almost one month after the Northfolk Southern train derailment. The controlled chemical burn has raised health concerns, and residents have complained of various symptoms they speculate could be a result of the derailment.
Youngkin understands Biden’s visit to Virginia but believes that residents in East Palestine are in dire need of real leadership. “When there are Americans in need, and they’re in need of leadership, our president should show up, and what he’s demonstrating is he’s going to choose politics over people,” he said.
The governor also emphasized the need for unity against China and the importance of fixing the border crisis. “We must fix this border, and it’s a national security crisis where we’re seeing not only people’s lives put in jeopardy, but we’re seeing the free flow of fentanyl poisoning people all over America,” Youngkin said.
As cleanup efforts are still underway, EPA administrator Michael Regan has urged children to stay out of creeks and streams in the area. With residents in East Palestine continuing to suffer, Youngkin’s call for real leadership from the president remains unanswered.