The outrage is palpable as Americans are learning Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials after the agency’s Birmingham office posted this tweet effectively countering President Donald Trump’s lie that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian:
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019
On Friday, “Ross phoned Neil Jacobs, the acting administrator of NOAA, from Greece where the secretary was traveling for meetings and instructed Dr. Jacobs to fix the agency’s perceived contradiction of the president,” The New York Times reports.
“Dr. Jacobs objected to the demand and was told that the political staff at NOAA would be fired if the situation was not fixed, according to the three individuals, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the episode. Unlike career government employees, political staff are appointed by the administration. They usually include a handful of top officials, such as Dr. Jacobs, and their aides.”
Many across the nation were outraged when the NOAA issued a rare – and unsigned – statement apparently rejecting the Birmingham NOAA tweet and insisting – despite zero evidence – that the President was correct and Alabama was in the projected line of Hurricane Dorian’s wrath. Alabama was never impacted.
Ross, who as Commerce Secretary oversees the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is also responsible for a tremendous amount of factual data and reports, as economist and professor Justin Wolfers, who is calling for Ross’ firing, notes:
This is an outrage and Wilbur Ross should be fired. Or if he was directed to do this by the White House, he should have resigned.
Wilbur Ross is also responsible for the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Census, and if bad but truthful numbers displease him, we’re in trouble. https://t.co/Kj73RtYQtf
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) September 9, 2019
On social media many others also called for Ross to be fired – or should resign – over the politicization of the NOAA and the threat:
Nothing good that can come from pushing scientists to lie about science.
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) September 9, 2019
This is only the most recent among the dozens of reasons why Wilbur Ross should go. Someone please wake him up and tell him its time to go home. https://t.co/1LMWmi8xSU
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) September 9, 2019
Congressional Democrats should be calling on Wilbur Ross to resign immediately. If he refuses they should impeach him. What he’s accused of is unbelievably dangerous and a flagrant misuse of power
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) September 9, 2019
Wilbur Ross needs to resign, full stop. https://t.co/7noeYenbLn
— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) September 9, 2019
Fire Wilbur Ross.https://t.co/DCxbMLA4sN
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 9, 2019
This White House has really upped state disinformation to a North Korean level.
Wilbur Ross should be fired immediately. Instead, Trump will reward this high toadying. https://t.co/oQssenyJGU
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) September 9, 2019
— Nancy Levine 🌊 (@nancylevine) September 9, 2019
Having a man-baby with a fragile ego in the White House is a national security disaster.
Trump should be impeached and Wilbur Ross should be fired. https://t.co/6Cnukyowga
— Lynn Comella (@LynnComella) September 9, 2019
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