President Donald Trump was mocked online on Monday after he attempted to defend his warning to Alabama residents that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to them, a warning that was debunked minutes later by the National Weather Service (NWS).
“In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated,” Trump falsely claimed on Sunday.
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
The NWS responded 20 minutes later with a statement fact-checking Trump’s tweet.
“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama,” the NWS tweeted.
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019
Despite the federal agency fact-checking his “fake news,” Trump defended his lie on Monday.
….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
Twitter users blasted the president for spreading false information during an unfolding national emergency:
At least 5 people have died in the Bahamas because of #HurricaneDorian
Trump is complaining about the coverage of the hurricane before he’s even tweeted out condolences for the lives lost.
I’m just sick of this callous egomaniac. Just stop tweeting. You make everything worse. https://t.co/y0kTa6dsht
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) September 2, 2019
Trump shared incorrect info during an emergency, and now he's claiming he was right, when he was wrong. His own National Weather Service said he was wrong. This is a big deal. https://t.co/BkwTmYfBqN
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 2, 2019
This shit is out of control. Now he is literally arguing with himself. What more do we need to see that he is losing it? There is nothing left to lose.
— Facts Matter (@Your_Ombudsman) September 3, 2019
The classic #Trump double-down: Say something stupid and false…get called out for it…be proven wrong… deny you ever said it…then say it again. So predictable…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) September 3, 2019
Why don’t you leave weather forecasting(a complex undertaking, involving supercomputers for calculation)to scientists,who also understand role of global temperature increase on these phenomena,while you claim not to believe the science?
Your ignorant ramblings just confuse folks!
— Donald B Kelman (@DonaldKelman) September 3, 2019
Even when talking about the weather, Trump can’t be nice. https://t.co/ZUspnmyCP5
— Windsor Mann (@WindsorMann) September 2, 2019
Donald, you really don't need the media's help in making a fool out of yourself; you do that quite well on your own.
And I do wish you'd be a bit more original in your daily diatribes against the press. pic.twitter.com/05zuvQrsBo
— Linda Broussard (@lindajaniebrou1) September 3, 2019
OMFG! Is this a parody account?
Trump is like a 9 years old brat in a schoolyard!
He probably had a bad golf game today.
PEOPLE ARE DYING AND WILL BE DYING IN THIS HURRICANE.
PEOPLE WILL LOOSE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE.
7 HUMAN BEINGS JUST DIED IN A MASS SHOOTING.
— Doris Roberge (@roberge007) September 3, 2019
Trump can't admit he made a mistake even with recorded evidence.
— RLC (@09umt09) September 3, 2019
Even Trump thinks Trump sounds like an idiot when he hears himself quoted verbatim. https://t.co/4ixTCiYiFs
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) September 2, 2019
— CJ Phillips (@cjphillips66) September 3, 2019