Trump just won't let it go: This time sends crayon-like drawing with weird disclaimer
The American free press is really getting under President Donald Trump's skin today. He just won't let his Alabama comments go.
In yet another attempt to defend himself against his erroneous claims about Alabama being at risk of Hurricane Dorian, Trump just sent a crayon-like drawing with scribbles all over 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!" Trump sent out as a later afternoon message.
The oddest thing about it is the disclaimer at the bottom, which just adds more fuel to the fire.
It reads: "NHC Advisories and County Emergency Management Statements supersede this product. This graphic should complement, not replace, NHC discussions. If anything on this graphic causes confusion, ignore the entire product."
It's a pretty ambiguous message and doesn't seem to help President Trump's assertion at all because the original briefing he had with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Neil Jacobs showed no black sharpie map.
We think Trump didn't even read this disclaimer when sending out this photo to the American public. Because it contradicts his own argument.
The black sharpie was added later (viewed via a video Trump sent out from the Oval Office) as if to somehow defend Trump's statements that Alabama was a possible threat of being hit.
When Trump was pressed on the black sharpie, all he could say was "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know," when asked about it by a reporter.
He still maintained that the original briefing showed a "95 percent probability." Yet - there's no evidence of this from anywhere. The National Weather Service even had to remind everyone that Alabama was not a threat after Trump's comments were causing confusion in the state, a major embarrassment.
We imagine Trump and his administration is going through all this trouble because they can't afford to lose any votes in the state come time for the 2020 election. That's our only guess. So far that strategy is backfiring on them big time.