President Donald Trump appeared in the Oval Office on Wednesday to give an update on Hurricane Dorian, but the briefing was offered in a strange way: with a doctored hurricane map. The map included a sharpie sketching to include Alabama, which Trump had wrongly claimed would be hit by the hurricane.
The president said, “Our original chart was that it was going to be hitting Florida directly.” When an aide handed him the doctored chart, he said, “You see, it was going to hit, not only Florida but Georgia. It was going to the gulf.”
And the fake chart was quickly realized by the online junkies who noted almost immediately that there was something fishy about it.
— Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) September 4, 2019
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) September 4, 2019
The president wrote previously, “In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” But when it was pointed out that he was wrong about Alabama being affected by the hurricane, the president doubled down, saying again that he was told that “Alabama could have received some ‘hurt’.”
In that tweet, Trump called the reporting on his statements “phony” and said that “they made a big deal about this.” He added, “The fake news is only interested in demeaning and belittling.”
….when in fact, under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some “hurt.” Always good to be prepared! But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling. Didn’t play my whole sentence or statement. Bad people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2019
President Trump has a uniquely terrible time being the commander in chief during a hurricane. During Hurricane Maria, he feuded with a Puerto Rican mayor and he’s consistently complained about how much money the government allotted to Puerto Rico. During the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, he made a number of bizarre remarks.
Thankfully, the map on the National Weather Service’s website correctly shows Hurricane Dorian as moving off the land.