In between tweeting about secret Taliban meetings and James Comey, Donald Trump confused just about everyone Saturday night by sharing a meme about his Hurricane Dorian forecast.
Last Sunday, yes it’s been a week, Trump falsely claimed that Alabama would “most likely be hit” by the storm and was quickly corrected by the National Weather Service.
However, since then his claim has become a political issue – with Trump refusing to back down, arguing that the media is trying to smear him and producing a map that appeared to be doctored to show Alabama in the storm’s path.
The president reignited the controversy last night when he tweeted an edited video that shows Trump shining a laser pointer while a cat (tagged as CNN) follows the pointer’s red dot as the Benny Hill theme tune plays in the background.
It’s hard to explain….so take a look:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2019 
That is an actual tweet from the president of the United States.
It’s easy to normalize a lot of Trump’s behavior, but at least this example stood out as being notably surreal.
Twitter felt the same way:
This must be precisely the sort of thing Congress had in mind when it ratified the Twenty-fifth Amendment. https://t.co/S8ej3JYvbF 
— Marty Lederman (@marty_lederman) September 8, 2019 
I… think he’s trying to… make a joke.
There’s no longer any doubt. We’re living in hell. https://t.co/SS5FjqWt5g 
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) September 8, 2019 
Why did the President of the United States tweet a video after midnight of a cat chasing a laser pointer? https://t.co/4mka4qs8Ek 
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) September 8, 2019 
This guy can decide, all by himself, to end all human life on the planet, and there exists literally no mechanism to countermand that order. https://t.co/DSiKkZbzJF 
— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@JuliusGoat) September 8, 2019 
Meanwhile people are dead and homeless due to Hurricane Dorian. The cult won't care. Thankfully they are not the majority. People have to vote in 2020 as if democracy depended on it. https://t.co/ElBqABp6D5 
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) September 8, 2019 
I am sure this is inappropriate for the Leader of the Free World to be featuring while the Bahamas is dealing with 43 dead and more than 70k displaced.
NONE of this is funny or a joke. SOME things transcend politics and are indecent and beneath the dignity of the office. https://t.co/e4qRIc6uIr 
— Mr. Mo'Kelly 🎙️ (@MrMokelly) September 8, 2019 
Last night, while Secretary of State Pompeo was attending the dignified transfer of the body of Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, President Trump was tweeting this from the White House. https://t.co/E1ndfGuuVo 
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 8, 2019