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PoliticsDemocrats seize on viral Sharpie hashtags to mock Trump map edit

21:45  05 september  2019
21:45  05 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Democrats are taking to social media using viral Sharpie -related hashtags to knock President Trump after he displayed a map of Hurricane Dorian’s trajectory that appeared to have been altered with black marker.

Sharpie -gate: Memes mock Trump 's doctored weather map . Sharpie -gate opens the gates to a flood of mockery. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the sharpest jabs.

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Democrats are taking to social media using viral Sharpie-related hashtags to knock President Trump after he displayed a map of Hurricane Dorian's trajectory that appeared to have been altered with a black marker.

About a day after Trump referred to a seemingly doctored map of Dorian's original path that also looped in Alabama — a forecast he has repeatedly backed, despite meteorologists saying otherwise— several hashtags, including #SharpieGate, #TrumpSharpie and #SharpiePresident, trended on Twitter. Multiple Democratic lawmakers and high-profile officials were among those weighing in to mock the president.

White House photo shows Trump being briefed with accurate Hurricane Dorian map before it was altered to include Alabama

White House photo shows Trump being briefed with accurate Hurricane Dorian map before it was altered to include Alabama An image on the White House's Flickr account show Trump being shown the areas Dorian would likely impact, and Alabama isn't one of them.

President Trump ’s suspected use of a Sharpie on a hurricane map caused a social media storm and unexpected publicity for the marker. Mr. Trump ’s suspected use of a signature black Sharpie to alter a hurricane map has prompted thousands of mocking tweets, late-night comedy jokes and a viral

But the map Trump produced for reporters showed the hurricane’s projected path extended by a black marker When pressed by reporters whether he altered the map himself with a black Sharpie , Trump didn’t #sharpiegate and other hashtags mocking the president’s map continued to trend on Twitter

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"Altering official gov. forecasts is deceitful, dangerous, & oh yeah, ILLEGAL," tweeted Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.). "Another example of a President who can't TELL THE TRUTH."

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), an outspoken critic of Trump, tweeted that the president "need[s] to apologize, mostly for lying about a stupid issue."

"The problem @realdonaldtrump is that you've spent the last 3 years convincing everyone that the mainstream media is lying to them. Imagine someone from (South Carolina) seeing this and (trusting you more than the news) thinking there's no need to prepare," tweeted New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Other Democrats have tweeted their rebukes of Trump, including Jon Cooper, who chairs the Democratic Coalition and worked for former President Obama's White House campaign.

Thousands of Twitter users have also used the viral hashtags to post their own Sharpie-altered images to mock Trump.

Trump raised eyebrows last week when he shared his own forecasts of Hurricane Dorian, tweeting Sunday that "in addition to Florida — South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated." But the National Weather Service in Birmingham quickly corrected the president, saying this was not the case.

Trump has since attacked ABC News for reporting that he made an error and continued to stand by his statements. On Thursday, he again doubled down on his remarks, insisting in a series of tweets that "certain models strongly suggested" Alabama and Georgia would be hit by the hurricane and that "what I said was accurate!"

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