Somehow, the White House’s campaign to prove that the President was correct when he told the state of Alabama to prepare for Hurricane Dorian over the weekend is dragging into its third day.
Trump’s press secretary Stephanie Grisham earned a snarky clapback from CNN this morning when she had the nerve to correct a mislabelled graphic that read “Mississippi” instead of “Alabama,” which was obviously quickly corrected and replaced.
But Grisham made the mistake of publicly calling them out on it — which CNN responded to with a sarcasm-laden remark that was clearly aimed at the president and his egotistical crusade to prove himself right when he is undeniably wrong.
Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, we made a mistake (which we fixed in less than 30 seconds). And now we are admitting it. You all should try it sometime.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) September 5, 2019
The president caused a stir yesterday morning when he nonchalantly tried to pass off a doctored chart — which he appeared to have edited with a Sharpie — to the press as proof that he was right to have sent the state of Alabama into a confused panic by telling them a hurricane was coming to hit them.
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
Later that day, Trump tweeted out a graphic showing outdated projected hurricane routes from three days earlier that clearly says “ignore this if causes confusion” at the bottom.
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
And just this morning, he quadrupled-down on his incorrect assertion, blaming the Fake News for…lying about the path of the hurricane?
Alabama was going to be hit or grazed, and then Hurricane Dorian took a different path (up along the East Coast). The Fake News knows this very well. That’s why they’re the Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019
It’s a bizarre situation that underscores just how little the president actually cares about his day-to-day duties and how much time he wastes — and forces his staff to waste — on prosecuting these petty feuds.