There is a lesson here somewhere, a statement as to where the country stands right now under the “leadership” of Donald Trump.
On Saturday, Trump falsely stated that Dorian would likely impact Alabama much worse than previously thought.
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
Not a big deal. It is a dynamic situation, lots of people rushing and worrying. So what? A guy makes a mistake with the best intentions. Happens all the time, right?
Except that people in Alabama who, evidently, only get their news from Trump, started to fear the hurricane when they need not have. The hurricane was not threatening Alabama.
So, of course, clear up the mistake, right? The National Weather Service in Birmingham rightfully issues an accurate statement, so that there is no confusion, everyone has the right information.
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019
Great. That is the way things are supposed to work. The president makes a mistake that most decent people will simply give him a pass on, it gets cleared up by experts. Not a big deal. With me?
Except Trump doesn’t like being corrected, and because his only tool is a hammer, Trump pounded on the nail he knows, blaming the media? In perhaps Trump’s most pathetic tweet yet, he stated:
….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
He was rightly fact-checked by his own government, after being provably wrong, and then blames the media for … I am not sure what.
That did it.
The world was not impressed:
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
And more, a great example of how not to be gas-lighted.
In no fucking universe is "could have received some 'hurt'" anything like "will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated".
Seriously: go fuck yourself.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) September 2, 2019
Is any of this a huge deal? No, but that is sort of the point. It is not in any way shape or form a big deal for the president to wrongly name a state such as he did, it happens. We would like to hope that the president’s tweets would get enough of a fact check that it doesn’t happen, but set that aside. No one is blasting Trump for the original mistake.
It is the reaction.
A grown-up president, who learns of his mistake, leaps up to thank the NWS in Birmingham: “I sincerely appreciate the clarification issues by the NWS in Birmingham. I will keep my attention on the coastal states of Florida, Georgia, and Carolinas, God Bless you all, and protect yourselves.”
Presidenting is so easy that even I can do it.
Thankfully, this little matter didn’t hurt anyone. But it is highly illuminating. The man will not admit to an error, even when it was entirely understandable. So, watch his denials about things that do matter, knowing two things.
- He will never admit anything negative.
- See number one, even if it requires denying his own tweet.
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