I have been watching with mixed laughter and horror at Donald Trump trying to convince everyone that he was not mistaken when he claimed that Hurricane Dorian was going to hit Alabama.
This got started on Sunday morning when Trump tweeted:
In addition to Florida — South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.
Within a few minutes, local weather forecasters responded that Dorian would not have any impact on Alabama, including the Birmingham, Alabama branch of the National Weather Service. This was important, because if there was any chance that a hurricane could “hit” an area, it is important for people there to prepare, including possibly evacuating. Trump’s mistake could have caused costly and potentially dangerous results.
But Trump could not accept this, as he cannot tolerate being wrong, even when he is. So he repeats his assertion that Alabama will be hit, twice. He triples down!
And when the news media picks this up, Trump calls it “fake news”. And he keeps insisting that Alabama was in the original forecast. Trump also gets his son Eric involved.
The irony here is that if Trump had merely let this all quietly blow over, nobody would have noticed. But that’s not Trump. His need to be right (and damn the consequences) combined with his need for attention was his downfall. It is almost as if he is competing with the hurricane.