President Donald Trump on Thursday continued to push back on his claims that Hurricane Dorian might have hit Alabama, using old charts and models to try and argue his point, marking day five of this fight.
On Wednesday, Trump retweeted a White House video where he showed an old projected path for the storm heading toward the center of Florida.
On the map, it included what appeared to be a drawn-in addition to the “cone” path of the storm, adding in Alabama—seemingly an attempt by Trump to back up a tweet where he said the state would be within its path.
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 National Weather Service in Alabama had to clear things up in a tweet following Trump’s initial suggestion that the state was within the storm’s path.
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019
The White House’s Flickr page shows that Trump was briefed on the storm last week, with the projected path stopping short around the Florida panhandle.
On Thursday, Trump continued to try and insist he was right.
“Just as I said, Alabama was originally projected to be hit. The Fake News denies it!” the president wrote, attaching photos of several old forecasts for the storm.
Just as I said, Alabama was originally projected to be hit. The Fake News denies it! pic.twitter.com/elJ7ROfm2p
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019
As of Trump’s tweet on Thursday afternoon, Dorian was off the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina, hitting the area as a Category 2 hurricane.
The day before Trump’s tweet original Alabama tweet, the National Hurricane Center had projected the storm to head up the east coast.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 31, 2019
Trump also blamed the media for reporting about his original Alabama tweet.
As some pointed out, Trump’s tweet on Sunday about Alabama being one of the states that “will most likely be hit” came as forecasts for the storm showed it hugging the East Coast of the country (as it is now.)
Here is the forecast AT THE VERY MOMENT that Trump was tweeting about Alabama getting hit.
Nowhere near Alabama. pic.twitter.com/W8YL2dsdgg
— Robert Maguire @ #NICAR20 (@RobertMaguire_) September 5, 2019
Should be noted these maps are from 8/29. Trump's tweet mentioning Alabama came 9/1. By then, the below maps were outdated and inaccurate. If anything, this shows that Trump's tweet on Sunday was based on three-day old information which is horrific in this sort of situation. https://t.co/NJs5gE1yMX
— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) September 5, 2019
Many people couldn’t believe Trump was continuing to try and push back against claims that his Alabama prediction was (at the very best) extremely premature or based on outdated information.
Either Trump is spending his days being an internet troll or he's really this unhinged.
What a time to be alive. https://t.co/Z65Mvx53eX
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 5, 2019
This is the weirdest hill to die on. https://t.co/EX3qlomdZZ
— neontaster (@neontaster) September 5, 2019
Tripling, quadrupling, quintupling down. https://t.co/xmFirMXzKr
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) September 5, 2019
Even 2020 hopeful Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) got in on it, using a popular meme format.
“No one: Absolutely no one: Donald Trump:” the congressman wrote.
Absolutely no one:
Donald Trump: https://t.co/x8oAwmV9kJ
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) September 5, 2019