Maui Mayor refuses to tell press how many children are missing, bizarre showdown triggers outrage

A tense showdown between a reporter and Maui Mayor Richard Bissen sent social media into over-drive.

The reporter was trying to figure out how many children were reported missing following the Lahaina fire. This is information that any rational person would believe the government has, even if the number may not be complete or final.

However, Mayor Bissen appeared to be uninterested in sharing the information with the media, even threatening to end the interview as the disbelieving reporter pressed him for a number.


The bizarre, seemingly indifferent response to the question of missing children shocked X, formerly known as Twitter. Users proposed many theories to explain the behavior:


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