Larry Wilmore Blasts Officials Who Poisoned Flint to Save $100: ‘Who Came up with This Plan, the Joker?’
Larry Wilmore blasted government officials in Michigan on Tuesday for their role in contaminating the water with lead in the city of Flint.
Michigan officials, looking to save money, pumped water from the lead-contaminated Flint River, resulting in a massive influx of lead that has poisoned many families and their children.
“We’re not talking water from the islands of Fiji or the springs of Poland or the ancient underwater kingdom of Aquafina,” Wilmore said. “We’re talking about tap water from the bailout city.”
Raw Story reports:
That corrosive water turned brown when it flowed through the city’s water mains, which are made from iron, and interacted with the lead that makes up about half of Flint’s service lines — and the toxic heavy metal then poured out of residents’ taps.
Lead is linked to low IQ, lasting physical and mental health problems, behavioral problems and criminality — and the effects are long-lasting.
“Slowly poisoning and entire population of a town by ruining the water supply? Who came up with this plan, the Joker?” Wilmore said.
Flint’s mostly poor residents were stuck drinking that water, because the 33-square-mile city does not have a single grocery store.
The “Nightly Show” host said the humanitarian crisis could have been avoided if city leaders had agreed to spend just $100 a day — but they decided to cut costs and then stonewall concerned residents.
Wilmore summed up their attitude as: “If you’re poor, we don’t give a shit.”
“This is what small government looks like,” Wilmore said. “When you have politicians falling all over each other to see who can make the most draconian budget cuts, you get decisions like this: citizens poisoned in a mania to save a hundred f*cking dollars a day. Officials in Flint, Michigan, should all be rounded up and put behind bars. If you need some extra lead for those bars, just hold a town blood drive.”
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