President Trump’s “Sharpie Gate” Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder

It all started with a tweet declaring Alabama was one of several states that were in danger of being hit by Hurricane Dorian. It wasn’t.

T.S. Johnson
4 min readSep 10, 2019

“In addition to Florida — South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already a category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!,” the tweet read.

And so began what would soon develop into a larger scandal involving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross and the weather organization's willingness to appease the President and throw their own employees under the bus even when he’s dead wrong.

The Alabama tweet by the President was quickly followed by a tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS)Birmingham that Alabama will see not effects from Hurricane Dorian.