The National Weather Service corrected Trump to say there would be no hurricane effects in Alabama. So Trump presented a Sharpie-altered map falsely showing Alabama getting hit.
In a White House video released on Wednesday, Trump presented a weather map altered by his team to make his previous lie about where Hurricane Dorian was headed appear to be true.
On Sunday, Trump claimed that Alabama was one of the states likely to be hit by the hurricane.
The National Weather service corrected him soon after.
"Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian," the weather service wrote in a tweet. "We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east."
Despite the correction, Trump claimed an hour later at a FEMA briefing that Alabama "could even be in for at least some very strong winds and something more than that, it could be."
"On Monday, several news outlets pointed out that Trump's information was incorrect," CNN reported.
Trump angrily responded to the reporting.
"I suggested yesterday at FEMA that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true. They made a big deal about this ... when in fact, under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some 'hurt,'" he wrote.
On Wednesday, Trump took his tantrum to another level.
While sitting in the Oval Office discussing the possible path of the hurricane, Trump showed a map from the National Hurricane Center. But his version of the map was altered with a black marker indicating that Alabama could possibly be affected by the storm.
"The President of the United States altered a National Hurricane Center map with a sharpie to falsely extend the official forecast toward Alabama so he didn't have to admit he was wrong in a tweet," noted weather writer Dennis Mersereau, who captured the screenshot of Trump's alteration.
The President of the United States altered a National Hurricane Center map with a sharpie to falsely extend the official forecast toward Alabama so he didn't have to admit he was wrong in a tweet. https://t.co/i0CJcYV4yq pic.twitter.com/pR57IL6WfT
— Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) September 4, 2019
Trump was asked about the alteration, even as reporters unearthed the original map showing the non-Alabama path of the storm.
"I don't know. I don't know. I don't know," he replied. "I know that Alabama was in the original forecast."
That did not happen.
To prove Trump was right — despite the data from America's leading weather experts — the White House made a crude forgery and presented it to the world.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.