Many across America were astonished that President Donald Trump drew on an official government weather map, apparently with a Sharpie, an expanded range of where Dorian had been projected to travel to avoid admitting he lied about the devastatingly huge hurricane moving into Alabama. Trump's drawing, which appeared in a press event on national television, clearly was fake.
And yes, the president may have committed an illegal act.
It did, however, inspire #SharpieGate, perhaps one of the funniest Trump scandals in a long time – with many posting to social media their own doctored versions of images that would fit Trump's altered sense of reality.
The red arrow shows the expanded area Trump doctored:
Here are some other altered photos posted to Twitter that fit Trump's altered sense of reality:
@gregpinelo Great minds. https://t.co/GryLuH0Rd7— Chuck (@Chuck)1567628380.0
@francismmaxwell @DevinCow https://t.co/tfpNAJGDZB— David B. Landes (@David B. Landes)1567655297.0
See...? https://t.co/OjRtcHyd0j— Jo (@Jo)1567630727.0
Trump releases photo to show he’s taller than Obama. https://t.co/U4K7C4MzQI— Schooley (@Schooley)1567629408.0
@realDonaldTrump Also, while we’re at it... Apologies for this too, lamestream media?? https://t.co/lIcrlR3GvW— Jo (@Jo)1567636747.0
Trump's clean coal #sharpiegate https://t.co/taa5H7fCP3— Shawn (@Shawn)1567664879.0
Latest weather map... https://t.co/HDCjb5jQil— Bill Harnsberger (@Bill Harnsberger)1567633022.0
OMG! The White House released a new photo of President Trump golfing. #sharpiegate #sharpie https://t.co/BZz1lUUUqL— Mark Novata (@Mark Novata)1567629171.0
BREAKING: White House circulating this photo to prove @RealDonaldTrump never met Jeffrey Epstein #SharpieTrump… https://t.co/CzeoepEZiu— PresidentBidenIsComing (@PresidentBidenIsComing)1567643615.0
Ah, the truth finally comes out. #sharpiegate https://t.co/gqh93ZfDUL— jason almenas (@jason almenas)1567650718.0