File this one under forecast by Sharpie: It appears Donald Trump has broken the law yet again in order to justify his baseless tweet last weekend that Alabama was at risk of being hit by Hurricane Dorian. That tweet was so reckless, in fact, that Alabama’s National Weather Service issued a correction, noting that Alabama would “NOT see any impacts from Dorian.” But Trump got the last word on Wednesday during one of his indispensable hurricane updates from the Oval Office. He apparently altered an outdated landfall forecast with a Sharpie so it would look like Alabama had originally been at risk.
Now, check out this photo of His Excellency in the Oval Office:
And, NO, this is not photoshopped. He actually took a marker and drew an extension of the storm track to include Alabama . . . so he can tell everyone that he was right. The map he used is over one week old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is this the antic of a 6ht grader or what?
“It was going to hit not only Florida but Georgia—was going toward the Gulf,” Trump says, “that was what was originally projected, and it took a right turn.”
Yeah, well, falsifying a forecast is illegal, it turns out. Not that Trump is much of a stickler for the law, but here’s U.S. Code, Title: 18, Section: 2074 on False Weather Reports: “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, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both.”
But whatever you do, don’t leave this post without watching the official White House video below featuring the segment where Trump presents the Sharpie forecast. It’s so low-rent, it boggles the mind that this is an official report from the U.S. president inside the Oval Office.
Meanwhile, here’s a photo of devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in Alabama: