On Friday, President Donald Trump began the sixth day in which he insisted that he was right that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama.
He wrote on Twitter, “The fake news media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida [and] other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit. They went crazy, hoping against hope that I made a mistake (which I didn’t).”
The president added in a second tweet, “This nonsense has never happened to another president. Four days of corrupt reporting, still without an apology,” saying later that the media “should start playing it straight. It would be so much better for our country.”
….This nonsense has never happened to another President. Four days of corrupt reporting, still without an apology. But there are many things that the Fake News Media has not apologized to me for, like the Witch Hunt, or SpyGate! The LameStream Media and their Democrat…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2019
In his tweet, Trump urged his followers to “check out maps.” But that might be a bit misleading since Trump altered the official government map, drawing a circle around Alabama to make it look like the hurricane might affect the state. When asked if the map had been drawn on with a sharpie, the president said “I don’t know. I don’t know.”
The ongoing storyline began on Sunday when the president wrote on Twitter, “In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”
In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
But the National Weather Service quickly pointed out that Alabama would not be affected by the hurricane. Instead of dropping his remarks, the president spent days posting out-of-date maps that showed Alabama in the path of the hurricane.
And his campaign even began fundraising off the president’s decision to show a map altered with a Sharpie. For $15, supporters can buy a set of five official Donald Trump fine point markers.