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Trump Keeps Lying About Hurricane Dorian and Alabama: A Closer Look

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  • -The President is still defending
  • his doctored math, insisting that he was right
  • about Hurricane Dorian hitting Alabama.
  • For more on this, it's time for "a closer look".
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • Now, we know Donald Trump is and has always been
  • a conspiracy theorist and pathological liar
  • who is completely detached from reality.
  • It's always been his brand.
  • It's just that back when he was a New York real-estate buffoon,
  • people didn't take it that seriously.
  • New Yorkers mostly ignored him
  • because that's what New Yorkers do with crazy people.
  • New Yorkers reacted to Trump the way you react to a guy
  • who gets on the subway with a lizard on his shoulder.
  • That was Trump.
  • Except in his case, he has two lizards.
  • In fact, Trump's entire origin story is basically
  • that of a crazy guy who, after years of being ignored,
  • finally heard, "Hey, cool lizard."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • His entire campaign for president started
  • as a desperate attempt to get people to take him seriously
  • as he himself admitted to his supporters
  • during a speech in 2016.
  • -A lot of people have laughed at me over the years.
  • Now they're not laughing so much, I'll tell you.
  • -That is something a villain would say in a superhero movie.
  • Don't believe me?
  • Because that line is almost verbatim
  • a line from the new Joker movie.
  • -A lot of people have laughed at me over the years.
  • Now they're not laughing so much, I'll tell you.
  • -Everyone laughed at me. Well, no one's laughing now.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Now, sometimes Trump lies for the obvious reasons --
  • like, you know, to cover up crimes.
  • Sometimes he makes up weird stuff for no apparent reason.
  • And then sometimes, there's just little bits of junk
  • floating around in his polluted brain that he belches up
  • during rambling speeches like the time he claimed
  • during a speech on trade that Canadians were smuggling shoes
  • back across the border to avoid paying tariffs on footwear,
  • tariffs that do not exist.
  • -There was a story two days ago in a major newspaper
  • talking about people living in Canada
  • coming into the United States and smuggling things
  • back into Canada because the tariffs are so massive.
  • The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high
  • that they have to smuggle them in.
  • They buy shoes, then they wear them.
  • The scuff them up.
  • They make them sound old or look old.
  • -They make the shoes sound old? What does that mean?
  • Do they complain about rap music?
  • Do they hit the roof of the apartment with a broom?
  • "Turn that racket down!
  • We got some boots trying to sleep!"
  • And, of course, it isn't just that Trump lies,
  • it's that he concocts elaborate fantasies
  • to justify those lies even when they're contradicted
  • by playing video evidence
  • that you can see and hear for yourself
  • like the time he accidentally called the CEO of Apple,
  • Tim Cook, "Tim Apple"
  • and then tripled down with a series of bizarre
  • and shifting excuses.
  • -The President is still playing clean-up
  • after the referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as "Tim Apple."
  • -We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.
  • -The coverage of Tim Apple
  • has apparently gotten under Trump's skin.
  • At Mar-a-Lago on Friday night with no cameras present,
  • Trump reportedly explained to a group of donors
  • what really happened.
  • Axios reports Trump told the donors that he actually said
  • "Tim Cook Apple," like, really fast,
  • and the "Cook" part of the sentence was soft
  • but all you heard from the fake news, he said, was "Tim Apple."
  • -A few days after that, Trump wrote this.
  • "At a recent roundtable meeting of business executives
  • and long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple,
  • I quickly referred to Tim plus Apple as 'Tim Apple'
  • as an easy way to save time and words."
  • -My favorite part of that tweet is when he writes out
  • "Tim plus Apple," like he's carving it into a tree.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Trump has been at war with reality
  • virtually his entire adult life, and that war took
  • one of its most insane turns yet this week
  • when the President of the United States
  • spread disinformation about a hurricane
  • and then repeatedly went out of his way
  • to insist he was actually right.
  • You might remember this whole thing started
  • when Trump tweeted over the weekend
  • that Alabama would be hit by Hurricane Dorian,
  • and then 20 minutes later, the national weather service
  • had to tweet Alabama will not see any impacts of Dorian.
  • "We repeat -- No impacts from Hurricane Dorian
  • will be felt across Alabama."
  • That was 20 minutes later.
  • The National Weather Service
  • has to monitor the President's tweets
  • as closely as they monitor actual hurricanes,
  • which actually makes sense because when you think of it,
  • Donald Trump is the hurricane, except unlike regular Hurricanes
  • that eventually die down, everyday, Trump blows harder.
  • After he was corrected by his own government,
  • Trump doubled down, as you probably saw.
  • Yesterday, he seemed to alter a forecast on the storm's path
  • from last week with a circle added in Sharpie
  • to include Alabama.
  • My favorite thing about this
  • is that he didn't even try to blend it in.
  • He could have at least sent an intern to Kinko's
  • to print up a new chart.
  • "So, yeah, what are you trying to do here?"
  • "Uh, we want to fake a hurricane map
  • to retrofit a lie the President told to the American people."
  • "Okay. When do you need it by?"
  • Trump is even too lazy to lie convincingly,
  • and he used a Sharpie, which gives it away
  • because the only person in the world
  • who's famous for using Sharpies is Donald Trump.
  • It is a dead give away.
  • That's like turning to the Avengers and saying,
  • "All right, which one of you
  • shot me in the ass with an arrow?
  • Hawkeye? Was it you, Hawkeye?"
  • And then, later, Trump was asked about the altered map,
  • and he was so flummoxed, all he could do
  • was barf up a lengthy, incoherent word salad.
  • -You showed us the map earlier of the initial forecast.
  • It appeared to have been extended to include Alabama.
  • Can you explain how that came to be?
  • -No, I just know Alabama was in the original forecast.
  • They thought it would get it as a piece of it.
  • It was supposed to go -- Actually, we have a better map
  • than that, which is going to be presented
  • where we had many lines going directly, many models,
  • each line being a model,
  • and they were going directly through,
  • and then, in all cases, Alabama was hit.
  • They actually gave that a 95%-chance probability.
  • It turned out that that was not what happened.
  • It made the right turn up the coast.
  • Everyone's gonna be in great shape
  • because we're gonna take care of it, regardless.
  • Regardless. But the original path was through Florida.
  • That was probably three days --
  • I think that's probably three, four days old.
  • -I thought you wanted to save time and words!
  • [ Laughter ]
  • I'll make up for this.
  • I'll make up for this.
  • I'll say Tim Apple, and that will buy all that time back.
  • Bill Microsoft -- That's five minutes right there.
  • Also, if it's three or four days old,
  • then why are you telling us this?
  • Why are you showing us a map of a hurricane
  • that's so out of date, you had to edit it with a Sharpie?
  • At his next briefing, he's just gonna hold up a map of Pangea.
  • "So, this is a little out of date.
  • Little out of date, but as you can see,
  • all the countries are crammed together, one land mass,
  • and, uh, the hurricane, it was gonna --
  • it was supposed to hit all these stegosauruses over here."
  • [ Laughter, applause ]
  • Then the reporter asked a natural follow-up question --
  • Did you use a sharpie to alter the map?
  • And Trump acted like he had no idea what happened.
  • -Is that map that you showed today --
  • looks like it was almost, like, a Sharpie.
  • -I don't know. I don't know. I don't know.
  • -It is so damning how he just keeps getting quieter.
  • He's like a kid who hit a baseball
  • through his neighbor's window.
  • "Who did this?"
  • "I don't know.
  • I-I don't know.
  • [ Quietly ] I don't know."
  • Also, what do you mean you don't know?
  • Are you claiming someone else defaced your map?
  • Like some prankster snuck in and sprayed graffiti on here?
  • "Yeah. They crept in here and drew a circle
  • and Sharpie on it, and then signed their names,
  • Tim plus Apple."
  • [ Laughter, applause ]
  • Then, last night, Trump still couldn't let it go
  • and tweeted what he claimed was a map of the original forecast
  • dated August 28th, which didn't prove anything anyway
  • because it was four days before his incorrect tweet on Sunday.
  • -On Wednesday, the President showed a map
  • trying again to prove his incorrect point.
  • But weather experts say the President was using
  • an out-of-date map.
  • There were much fresher forecasts.
  • -President Trump tweeted this.
  • It's called a spaghetti model.
  • It shows every possible path
  • the hurricane is forecasted to take.
  • -Those spaghetti models were from August 28th.
  • By the time the President tweeted Alabama at 10:51 a.m.
  • on Sunday, the forecast track had moved well east.
  • -These were all the computer models, the spaghettis.
  • -That's right. He tweeted a map
  • of what's known as the spaghetti models.
  • Of course, Trump probably thought
  • it was a map that tells you where you can find spaghetti.
  • "It's very helpful.
  • I didn't even know you could get spaghetti in Alabama, but..."
  • So, the President has already been corrected
  • by his own government, altered an official Hurricane forecast
  • with a Sharpie, rambled on about it at a press conference,
  • and then tweeted about it,
  • and yet, somehow, this fever dream has not come to an end
  • because Trump woke up this morning, and, again,
  • railed off another deranged tweet storm about it.
  • Trump tweeted in the early days of the hurricane,
  • when it was predicted that Dorian would go
  • through Miami or West Palm Beach,
  • certain models strongly suggested that Alabama
  • and Georgia would be hit.
  • And then Hurricane Dorian took a different path
  • up along the east coast.
  • Why did you put that in parenthesis?
  • That's the only part of the tweet that's correct.
  • At this rate, Trump's gonna start adding tiny footnotes
  • to his tweets with the correct information at the bottom.
  • "I just nuked something... a Hot Pocket in the microwave."
  • [ Laughter, cheers and applause ]
  • This whole thing perfectly captures the constant exhausting
  • bewilderment of living through the Trump era.
  • There's a very real humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Bahamas
  • and a dangerous Hurricane is threatening the mainland U.S.,
  • and, meanwhile, the President is obsessing over a map he doctored
  • to defend an embarrassing mistake
  • that he is now repeatedly lying about.
  • Almost nothing that comes out of his mouth is true.
  • In fact, at any time he speaks, the odds that he's lying are...
  • -A 95%-chance probability.
  • -This has been "A Closer Look."

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Seth takes a closer look at President Trump defending his doctored map showing Hurricane Dorian hitting Alabama.
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