A popular Hawaiian business criticized President Biden for his “contrived empathy” after his visit to Maui this week. Click here to sign up for Todd’s breaking news alerts for conservatives.
Hawaiian Rent-All, a Honolulu business known for its clever signs, sent a message to Biden with its latest storefront.
“Sorry you almost lost your ’67 Corvette in a fire, Mr. President,” the sign reads. “Maui strong.”
The company posted a picture of the sign on its Facebook page.
“Genuine sympathy is better than contrived empathy. It’s not always about you Mr. President,” it wrote, along with the hashtags “tone deaf,” “pray for Maui,” and “Maui strong.”
The sign went viral on X, formerly Twitter, after a journalist who goes by “Kanekoa The Great” posted it with this message:
A Hawaiian store displays a large sign criticizing President Biden for comparing almost losing his corvette in a small kitchen fire to the catastrophic blaze that razed historic Lahaina Town, claiming over 115 lives and leaving more than 1,000 missing.
Biden visited the Aloha State Monday to view the damage from the deadly fires.
“I don’t want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it’nhs like to lose a home,” Biden began.
“Years ago, now 15 years ago, I was in Washington doing ‘Meet the Press.’ . . . Lightning struck at home on a little lake that’s outside our home,” he said. “Not a lake, but a big pond. It hit a wire and came up underneath our home, into the . . . air condition ducts.”
“To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette, ha, and my cat,” he added.
The Associated Press reports lightning struck the Bidens’ home in 2004 and started a “small fire that was contained to the kitchen.” Firefighters reportedly got the blaze controlled within 20 minutes and were able to keep it from spreading beyond the kitchen.
The Maui fires killed over 110 people and have left hundreds missing.