We’re now a full week into Donald Trump’s utterly pointless and profoundly deranged Alabama hurricane scandal. We’d already seen Trump get caught using a Sharpie to alter a hurricane map, and forced a Rear Admiral to release a (surely false) statement claiming that he had told Trump that the storm was going to hit Alabama. Then Trump went and made it even worse.
On Friday, Donald Trump coerced the NOAA making an (absolutely fake) announcement that Hurricane Dorian was indeed going to hit Alabama. This is batshit crazy on a level only ever seen from the most unhinged of unraveling two-bit dictators. This is Kim Jong Un territory. Not surprisingly, numerous voices – including some directly connected to the NOAA – were quick to destroy Trump for it.
Dan Sobien, the president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, tweeted this in response: “Let me assure you the hard working employees of the NWS had nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and disingenuous tweet sent out by NOAA management tonight.” Monica Mednia, the former head of the NOAA, tweeted this: “I can say two things with certainty. No NOAA Administrator I worked for would have done this. And I would have quit if I had been directed to agree to let this BS go out.”
It’s not clear what Donald Trump thinks he’s accomplishing here, as he slips further into erratic behavior and delusional decline. But all he’s really doing here is convincing everyone outside his deranged base that he’s too much of a whack job to be reelected – and Trump’s base alone isn’t enough to get him anywhere in 2020.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report