President Donald Trump came under fire on Sunday morning for tweeting that Alabama was in the path of category 5 Hurricane Dorian—causing the National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the state of Alabama to reassure residents the hurricane was not headed in their direction.
Then that evening Trump drew criticism again after saying he had never heard of a category 5 hurricane. Four category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since his inauguration in January 2017.
But the President is not known for accepting his errors with grace, or even admitting to them. And on Wednesday during a press briefing in the Oval Office on Hurricane Dorian, the Trump administration demonstrated how far they would got to be right.
The President shared an altered and outdated map of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path with an obvious addition done in what appeared to be a black permanent marker to add Alabama to Dorian’s trajectory. While many are getting a laugh out of the absurdity of the situation, not everyone is laughing.
At Fox News, Senior Meteorologist and Fox & Friends contributor Janice Dean cited what was wrong with the artwork added to an official weather briefing map.
“The sharpie-bubble was drawn by someone else. This map is inaccurate, misleading and fake.”
Just so everyone is clear. This forecast cone was from 5 days ago. Alabama was NEVER in the official cone from the @NHC_Atlantic The sharpie-bubble was drawn by someone else. This map is inaccurate, misleading and fake. pic.twitter.com/PIBvQFKmOH
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) September 4, 2019
Dean then added:
“PS: It is a violation of federal law to falsify a National Weather Service forecast and pass it off as official.”
PS: It is a violation of federal law to falsify a National Weather Service forecast and pass it off as official.
18 U.S. Code § 2074: https://t.co/nLqYSCD1XZ…
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) September 4, 2019
So what is the big deal?
When millions of people are given short notice that they are in the path of a deadly storm, a public panic can ensue which can lead to injuries and deaths. For that reason, NOAA, NWS and Alabama officials were quick to correct Trump on Sunday.
The cited statute dates back to 1948.
People were appalled over the apparent emphasis of ego over public safety.
It’s heartbreaking that like the”Wall” that Mexico is going to pay for, no one cares. Every day I thank God that my dad who served in WWII, is not alive to see what’s happening in this country
— ellie phillipo (@poodlemama50) September 4, 2019
Do you think #Evangelicals are praying it shifts west to prove their Messiah was right?
— Debra Tripp (@dtripp4801) September 4, 2019
This was a computer image and it was made with white outline as to where the hurricane was going you marked in blue magic marker fake,fake,fake, and you didn’t do a good job.Trump is the largest exhibit a fake news. pic.twitter.com/6xCaZC4aZj
— Denise Lewis (@DeniseLMarineVa) September 4, 2019
Just another crime he gets away with.
— Justiceseeker (@justiceseeker03) September 4, 2019
Although not everyone was a fan of honesty from Fox News.
Nana, she’s a meteorologist! She’s doing her job, which is to present and defend FACTS. Do you understand that?
— Just Betty (@scarybetty) September 4, 2019
While others needed an explanation for why it was a “big deal.”
DT tweeted “Alabama” when every track was showing the east coast.
It matters because people trust POTUS to be correct. Careless tweeting errodes public trust.
If he lies about a simple thing & doctors a weather map, what else had he lied about? What other info has he doctored?
— ArmyWifeConservative (not on board the TrumpTrain) (@LaurieB65225012) September 5, 2019
Many Fox News followers and Trump supporters tried to find ways to prove President Trump was right while Dean, a member of the American Meteorological Society was wrong.
What about this? pic.twitter.com/VR3bEouZAh
— Karen ❌ (@Karenet24) September 5, 2019
— Jim (@Ifitsthisname) September 5, 2019
The picture she posted showing a sharpie ballon in the graph was what trump showed the nation. Not that smart are ya marky?
— Soprano (@EmB_Soprano) September 5, 2019
Go figure some ignorant trump support agrees with trump. The man lied!
— Michelle #CloseTheCampsNOW (@MichelleSawye) September 4, 2019
Fox called him out on a lie. Late to the game, but hey, can’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
— ScubaVal — America, you in trouble 🆘️ (@MajikaZulJin) September 5, 2019
On Thursday Dorian had dropped from a category 5 to a category 3. It is still not on a collision course with Alabama.
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