Courtesy of The Independent:
Explosive new documents show the US government knew a weather map used by Donald Trump was doctored, despite publicly defending the president’s false claims about a hurricane striking Alabama.
In September last year, Mr. Trump repeatedly claimed wrongly that Alabama would “most likely” be struck by Hurricane Dorian, a category five storm which devastated the Bahamas.
After being rebutted by experts, Mr Trump doubled down by showing off a doctored National Hurricane Center (NHC) map, which featured the projected path of Dorian with an additional Sharpie-drawn line around a corner of Alabama.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leadership later backed Mr. Trump against its own scientists when it released an unattributed statement defending the president’s claims and criticising a National Weather Service (NWS) tweet which said Alabama would “NOT see any impacts from the hurricane”.
NOAA staff were also warned against contradicting the president and told not to “provide any opinion about the issue”.
But a trove of emails requested by Buzzfeed and released by NOAA late on Friday shows the true extent of the anger and confusion among scientists at the response to Mr Trump’s false claims.
“I find it unconscionable that an anonymous voice inside of NOAA would be found to castigate a dutiful, correct, and loyal NWS Forecaster who spoke the truth,” NOAA’s acting chief scientist Craig McLean wrote in an email to leading officials on 7 September.
“What concerns me most is that this Administration is eroding the public trust in NOAA for an apparent political recovery from an ill timed and imprecise comment from the President. I hope that NOAA’s trust in the public eye will outlast this Administration.”
Do you know who else knew that Trump was using a doctored weather map?
EVERYBODY WHO SAW THE DOCTORED WEATHER MAP!
I laughed outloud when the Senate Republicans feigned outrage over that story saying they were being threatened by Trump to block witnesses and ultimately exonerate him.
Of course that is what he is doing, because that is ALWAYS what he is doing.
Trump bullies everybody, whether they be reporters, White House staff members, politicians, or even scientists.
He is a schoolyard bully who needs to be knocked on his giant orange ass, and since that did not happen during the impeachment trial it is left up to us to do it in November.