Up@dawn 2.0

Friday, September 6, 2019

He has the best Sharpies

“Sharpiegate” and Drumpf’s War on Truth

Donald Drumpf has gone to great lengths to defend his tweet that said that Alabama would be affected by Hurricane Dorian.Photograph by Tom Brenner / Bloomberg / Getty

A basic rule of news management, if you get caught up in a damaging story and don’t have anything very exculpatory to say, is to shut up. If you keep quiet, at least, you won’t give the media a reason to extend the story for another news cycle. But in this area, as in so many others, Donald Drumpf is a norm-breaker. Thursday was day five of the embarrassing storm within a storm that has become known as “Sharpiegate,” in which Drumpf has been trying to defend the erroneous tweet he put out on Sunday morning that included Alabama on a list of coastal states that would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian.

In the first of several tweets he devoted to the story on Thursday, Drumpf said, “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!”

This was disingenuous, of course—and that’s a kind way of putting it. Sunday’s Presidential warning on Twitter prompted an immediate disavowal by the National Weather Service’s office in Birmingham, which tweeted, “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama.” Drumpf’s subsequent efforts to deny the obvious—he made a mistake—only exposed him to more ridicule and demonstrated, yet again, his utter disregard for objective truths... (continues)


  1. And now, we have a scientific arm of our government being warned not to contradict false statements by our president* https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/noaa-staff-warned-in-sept-1-directive-against-contradicting-trump/2019/09/07/12a52d1a-d18f-11e9-87fa-8501a456c003_story.html

  2. Anonymous10:34 AM CDT

    Section 13
    Yes he might have messed up the prediction, which is not the end of the world, but he needs to just own up to his mistake rather than keep lopoking for ways to defend himself.

  3. Anonymous3:28 PM CDT

    sec. 11
    It's amazing to me the respect this man has from our country.

  4. When being "right" matters more to the president than national safety.
    Section 11

    1. Andy Miles Section 11 being right in all things all the time is much easier than having a discussion and learning. At his age and with his upbringing, being right comes with his existence and no one can deny that he believes himself 100% of the time regardless if he contradicted himself endlessly. In the moment he is right and that is all that matters.

  5. Grayson Holley1:03 AM CDT

    Section 13
    It is very interesting to me as to why he even wanted to include Alabama? I don't understand his brain or anything about him.

  6. Anonymous1:09 PM CDT

    He never stops!!
    section 11

  7. Madona Kozman5:10 PM CDT

    Section 13
    I don't understand why would he even comment on a Hurricane. I mean I don't think he knows about that much about this area. This is out of his field.