Joe Rogan, a well-known podcast presenter, took aim at Governor Josh Green (D-HI) for remarks he made on what will happen to the property that was lost in the recent wildfires that decimated Maui’s west coast and the ancient hamlet of Lahaina.
Rogan talked to former Representative Tulsi Gabbard (I-HI) about the terrible damage and stated he was shocked to hear Green say that the state would be taking over some parts of the burned land to make a monument.
Rogan said, “A governor going on TV after a huge tragedy where we aren’t even sure how many people are dead yet. The large region has been completely destroyed by fire, and now he is discussing claiming it for the state.”
“As individuals are going through their worst and finding it hard to comprehend what occurred,” Rogan said, “that is an insane attitude to take, after a tragedy. Then, suddenly he says he’ll take the property for the state and build a memorial? Why don’t you give the f***ing people back their homes?”
Rogan was replying to a news clip in which Green discussed his ambitions for Lahaina preservation with Hawaii’s KHON2 News: “I’m presently searching for ways for the state to buy that land with the hope that we can turn it into housing for workers, give it back to families, or keep it open forever as a memorial to all those who died there.”
Green then said that the idea was to stop affluent foreigners from moving to the area and buying up the property, which is why he had originally proposed that the state acquire ownership of it and protect it.
On that specific issue, Gabbard concurred with Rogan’s judgment and chastised President Joe Biden for his overall handling of the crisis.
“How bout give the fucking people their homes back.”
Joe Rogan and Tulsi Gabbard on the government screwing over the residents of Maui to take their land. pic.twitter.com/K2aaLNBWSo
— Mythinformed (@MythinformedMKE) September 7, 2023
Gabbard said, “The cost of living in Hawaii is the highest in the whole country. The chief disaster response administrator for the Biden administration should be ashamed to stand there and tell everyone, ‘Hey, we’re going to give everybody one $700 check. It is incredibly offensive.'”