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Lunacy of the Week

©Tom Tomorrow

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.

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  1. paradoctor wrote:

    The Mad Emperor’s Sharpie
    an Underfable

    Once upon a time, a mad Emperor said to an approaching Hurricane, “Disperse or I will nuke you!”
    The Hurricane said, “Then I will be radioactive.”
    The Emperor drew forth his Sharpie, and said, “By the authority of this Sharpie, I hereby order you to go straight!”
    The Hurricane turned right and raked the coast.
    The Emperor said, “You’re not listening! Who do you think you are?”
    The Hurricane said, “I am what I am what I am what I am what I am what I am what I am!”

    Moral: Nature bats last.

    Monday, September 9, 2019 at 11:31 am | Permalink
  2. Wildwood wrote:

    Paradoctor, too bad nature didn’t make a very sudden swing inland somewhere, where someone was golfing.

    Monday, September 9, 2019 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  3. James wrote:

    I don’t keep track, but these clear and obvious examples of a pathological behavior keep happening. “Tim Apple” anyone?

    It is beyond question that the man has mental health problems. When they’re serious like this and are allowed to continue unchecked, the most serious and dangerous problem behavior lies with those who have the duty and responsibility to take action, both for the benefit of the sufferer (Trump) and those at direct and imminent risk from his behavior (everyone else).

    This is why Pelosi and the establishment democrats must go. They have allowed themselves to become equally culpable for the global Trump Crisis.

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m was with you James up until the last paragraph. So you are saying that it is the fault of the Democrats that the Republicans, who are totally enabling Trump, control the Senate? In case you are not aware, it is the Senate who have the power to remove the president from office. They will not convict Trump. How is that the fault of Pelosi and the Democrats.

    Let me put this another way. If you elect enough Democrats to the Senate, they would surely impeach and remove Trump. How will removing Democrats help with anything?

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 4:39 pm | Permalink
  5. Hassan wrote:

    IK, the democrats in house must do right thing by impeaching Trump. Whether it fails in senate is different thing. The cost of not impeaching will be everlasting, somebody should stand up to him and say this is not normal or acceptable. Just based on principles, he should be impeached so that future generations know that corruption is not ok!

    If we are dealing it from political point and not matter of principal, I would still argue impeaching is a good political move. It will put pressure on Senators, and it will weaken Trump politically.

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:37 am | Permalink

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