From his very first tweet last Sunday about Hurricane Dorian, President Trump has claimed Alabama was among the states in the “cone of uncertainty.” Just 20 minutes later the National Weather Service refuted that, saying Alabama was not included in the storm’s projected path. Although they were directly contradicting the president of the United States, they had lives in their hands. It was incumbent upon them to assure the residents of Alabama that they were not in any danger.
But even as time passed and Dorian turned north after devastating the Bahamas, the president focused only on his claim that Alabama had been included in the original storm track projections. The media had, responsibly, reported his mistake and he apparently felt the need to defend himself (because, he’ll tell you, he’s never wrong).
Finally, yesterday, still trying to defend his erroneous statement of days before, Trump showed reporters a map that had obviously been doctored with, perhaps, a Sharpie pen, to include a part of Alabama. Obviously doctored. A kindergartner could see that.
And only a kindergartner — or Trump — would try to pass that map off as legitimate.
The incident has been dubbed “Sharpiegate” by the media, and the person who altered the map may have broken the law, which calls for either a fine or no more than 90 days in jail — or both — for “whoever knowingly issues or publishes any counterfeit weather forecast or warning of weather conditions falsely representing such forecast or warning to have been issued or published by the Weather Bureau, United States Signal Service, or other branch of the Government service.”
This morning relief efforts had begun in the Bahamas and Dorian was pounding the South Carolina coast. Yet Trump was still tweeting defensive statements about Alabama!
Idiocy? Lunacy? What would you call it?