Trump Appears To Have Falsified Weather Data To Fit His Narrative, Which Is A Crime
Instead of admitting that he was wrong, Donald Trump decided to falsify weather data to show that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama, which is not true. This is indeed a crime that Trump should be charged for.
Earlier this week, Trump falsely claimed that forecasts showed Dorian would be slamming into Alabama, which forced the National Weather Service to put out a statement to reassure Alabama residents that they were not in danger of being hit.
After multiple media outlets called out the president over his false claims, Trump decided to double down by using a black sharpie to extend the radius of Hurricane Dorian’s impact to include Alabama in the photo below:
Journalists Dennis Mersereau and Jonathan Katz both noted that the president violated federal law just to avoid admitting he was wrong about the storm.
Specifically, the two journalists point to 18 U.S. Code § 2074, which states that “whoever knowingly issues or publishes any counterfeit weather forecast or warning of weather conditions falsely representing such forecast or warning to have been issued or published by the Weather Bureau, United States Signal Service, or other branches of the Government service, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both.”
You guys just violated federal law https://t.co/NbpJX1OlCG
— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) September 4, 2019
It is a violation of federal law to falsify a National Weather Service forecast and pass it off as official, as President Trump did here.
— Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) September 4, 2019