Is ‘lunatic’ too strong a word?

Trump shows reporters that Alabama was indeed within the “cone of uncertainty.” Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

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?

18 thoughts on “Is ‘lunatic’ too strong a word?

    1. I’m sure that’s because he’s infallible and always right. Obviously we peons just weren’t raised properly.

      Meanwhile, I’m afraid I may have insulted idiots and lunatics, and for that I apologize.

      BTW, welcome to Pied Type.

  1. absurdity, apathy, idiocy, ignorance, lunacy, nonsense, silliness, asininity, fatuity, fatuousness, imbecility, imprudence, incapacity, ineptitude, injudiciousness, insensibility, obtuseness, puerility, shallowness, simplicity, slowness, sluggishness, stolidity, stupefaction, stupor, weakness, battiness, brainlessness, doltishness, feeble-mindedness, nitwittedness, stupidness, thick-headedness, weak-mindedness

          1. The problem is we’re sick of the whining and outrage on both sides…that’s dangerous.
            (Oh, we keep up with hurricane paths from earliest stages…there was a very early one that did have a “green’ colored prediction up into Alabama and across – as well as one heading directly across Florida and then looping in the gulf towards NOLA only the turn completely around (and join with another small low in the gulf) and go back over Florida again. Never think you know exactly what they are doing. Always an adventure. Best to keep an eye on the CURRENT up to the minute radar/predictions to be safe and not foolish.)
            Foolish is so popular these days. Sad. (Along with high school bullying on line and in public by adults holding their breath until they turn blue…supposed adults, anyway…those last 2 words are the scary part?)
            They all want us to be silent and no look.
            Serfhood and new dark age await no matter which

... and that's my two cents