Buttigieg Says ‘I Feel Sorry’ For Trump Over Hurricane Map Fiasco
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg recently discussed his views about President Donald Trump’s insistence that Hurricane Dorian was projected to hit Alabama, and suffice it to say, they weren’t very optimistic.
Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” program on Thursday morning, Buttigieg expressed stark concern for the president, the Washington Times reported.
“I’m really worried — I feel sorry for the president, and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country, somebody on whose wisdom and judgment our lives literally depend,” Buttigieg said.
The Indiana mayor noted that a map that Trump recently pulled out earlier in the week, which detailed original projections of the storm heading over the Gulf of Mexico, appeared to be altered with a permanent marker.
“I don’t know if he felt it necessary to pull out a Sharpie and change the map; I don’t know if it was one of his aides [who believed] they had to do that in order to order to protect his ego,” Buttigieg mused. “This is humiliating. This is an embarrassing moment for our country, and we seem to see a new national embarrassment every day.”
If our presidency is not in good shape, our country is not in good shape. pic.twitter.com/LC2y3JxeTp
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) September 5, 2019
Buttigieg didn’t hold back. “What we’re seeing there is literally pathetic,” he added.
Throughout the week, Trump has attempted to defend his previous claims that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, an assertion that was fact-checked and found false by the National Weather Service, a federal government agency.
On Thursday, Trump continued to push the idea that the original model predicted the storm to reach Alabama, tweeting out a weather map on his Twitter account that showed some paths suggesting the hurricane could indeed head in that way.
This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages. As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies! pic.twitter.com/0uCT0Qvyo6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2019
However, per reporting from Raw Story, the map Trump tweeted out on Thursday was from August 28, before his September 1 claim, when new models had been created.
Additionally, this latest map that Trump has put up was from the South Florida Water Management District, which itself admits that the National Hurricane Center predictions would “supercede” it with their own predictions (which, again, didn’t include Alabama).