Wait, is that sharpie?
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump showed a map of Hurricane Dorian’s trajectory in the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon that appeared to include an addition showing the storm potentially affecting a large section of Alabama.
Trump claimed the map was the original forecast. But a similar image released by the White House last week did not include any impact on Alabama in its forecast.
“That was the original chart, and you see it was going to hit not only Florida but Georgia,” Trump claimed Wednesday during a briefing, while showing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map with a black line encircling a portion of Alabama.
“It took a right turn. And, ultimately, hopefully we’re going to be lucky. It depends on what happens with South Carolina and North Carolina,” he added.
Over the course of the storm’s development, Trump has erroneously claimed multiple times that Alabama had been in the storm’s path.
The claim got pushback from weather experts, including the Birmingham, Alabama, branch of the National Weather Service.
“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east,” the branch tweeted.
I heard about this story earlier today but to be honest I could not believe it was true.
Later in the day Trump tweeted out this image which honestly also looks like he altered it.
This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages. As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies! pic.twitter.com/0uCT0Qvyo6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2019
Some internet sleuths tried to find an original map that matched this one, but so far this is the closest that anybody has come.
— Nick Brooke (@Hi_Dr_Nick) September 4, 2019
Please tell me that this is not really happening and that I am just dreaming all of this up.
I don’t think my sanity can take much more of this.