President Donald Trump refuses to admit he made a mistake when he warned Alabama residents on Sunday that Hurricane Dorian posed a significant threat to the state.
After days of relentless justifications, Trump extended the debacle into Day 6 with a tweet demanding the “corrupt” and “Fake News Media” apologize to him because he did not make a mistake.
Hours after The Washington Post reported on Friday that he was the one who used a black Sharpie to doctor a projection of Hurricane Dorian’s path on Wednesday to indicate a risk the storm would move into Alabama from Florida, Trump took to Twitter to unleash a deranged tweet octupling down on his bogus claim.
“The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit,” the president wrote. “They went Crazy, hoping against hope that I made a mistake (which I didn’t). Check out maps.”
“This nonsense has never happened to another President,” the president complained. 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 partner 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
When Trump issued his warning to Alabama residents on Sunday, he didn’t just say that the state “may also be grazed or hit” — rather, he wrote that “Alabama will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”
Additionally, National Hurricane Center forecasts at the time of his tweet showed that Hurricane Dorian posed a “zero percent probability” of bringing hurricane force winds to the state of Alabama.
“But current NOAA forecasts at the time of Trump’s tweet showed the storm not impacting the state at all, since it was moving north instead of west,” CNN’s Daniel Dale and Brandon Miller noted.
Trump on Wednesday falsely claimed that there had been a “95 percent probability” of Dorian’s path going through Alabama, “but then it made that right turn that a lot of people didn’t expect.”