Trump Falsely Claims Alabama Is Under Threat From Hurricane Dorian
On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted an inaccurate report about Hurricane Dorian. The tweet warned Americans the Category 3 Hurricane was going to hit southeastern states much harder than expected.
“In addition to Florida — South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated,” the president wrote.
The storm was never forecasted to hit Alabama – a state bordering the Gulf of Mexico – not the Atlantic.
The National Weather Service’s office in Birmingham denied the claim, tweeting: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian.”
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Immediately after Trump tweeted the national alert, local meteorologists corrected him on social media. In a tweet, at 11:31 a.m., James Spann, an Alabama forecaster, said: “Alabama will not be impacted by Dorian in any way.” It wasn’t long though before the Alabama weatherman displayed a more considerate demeanor in his response. He later tweeted, “I have zero interest in politics. Dorian will not affect Alabama in any way. That is not a political statement.”
Trump, however, continues to defend his social media alert. “Under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some ‘hurt,'” Trump tweeted Monday without citing a source. Trump and his supporters claim it is better to be prepared than unprepared.
….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
The president even corrected his critics over Twitter, stating, “I suggested yesterday at FEMA that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true.”
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