President Obama had a pen and a phone. Republicans were infuriated. President Trump has a Sharpie and a weather map. Should he also have a cellmate? Probably not. However, we can have some fun exploring that question on “Dumb Crook News, President Trump Edition”. It all started (where else) on Twitter.
Trump Be Tweetin’
Alabama was not expecting an impact at the time of the tweet. No big deal. He messed up. Everyone makes mistakes. Moreover, the National Weather Service quickly corrected him. How does this escalate into an episode of dumb crook news?
President Trump loves to give it to the media when they get it wrong. However, he can’t take it when they dish it back. Hence, the following tweet.
That’s a lot to unpack. Let’s do it.
- The media is only interested in belittling and demeaning… right after calling them a name.
- Alabama was not in play at the time of his tweet.
- He complained about a phony hurricane report, which was in fact accurate. Meanwhile, he was defending his hurricane report, which was in fact phony.
- Bad People! “Bad man! He’s a bad, bad man!”
Still not dumb crook news.
The media, realizing how much space they were renting in President Trump’s head on this, continued relentlessly. Moreover, President Trump is incapable of simply admitting he is wrong. Hence, this happened.
There’s a little bit of a problem with his map. Can you spot it?
Apparently, he was fresh out of crayons. No problem. He’s got a Sharpie and a map. Enter the “Dumb Crook News” segment.
18 U.S. Code § 2074.False weather reports
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 branch of the Government service, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both.
Apparently, it’s a crime to alter weather reports to falsely represent the forecast. I’m not a lawyer. However, I’m pretty sure he should be safe here. I would be willing to defend him from prosecution. Clearly he is trying to protect his fragile ego rather than intentionally misinforming the public. However, if that defense fails there is plenty of evidence to enter an insanity plea.