Remember Sharpiegate? It was the time failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump altered an official U.S. government map with a Sharpie marker in order to make it support his incorrect assertion that Alabama was predicted to take a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian in September of 2019.
However, it turns out that Trump had another connection to hurricanes that hasn’t been known until now.
Thanks to some excellent reporting from Rolling Stone, we now know that Trump also asked top White House officials if China was aiming a “hurricane gun” at the United States:
Near the beginning of Donald Trump’s time in office, the then-president had a pressing question for his national-security aides and administration officials: Does China have the secret technology — a weapon, even — to create large, man-made hurricanes and then launch them at the United States? And if so, would this constitute an act of war by a foreign power, and could the U.S. retaliate militarily? Then-President Trump repeatedly asked about this, according to two former senior administration officials and a third person briefed on the matter.
One former Trump official had this to say about the hurricane gun theory:
And Donald didn’t raise the issue once. He was obsessed with the notion, bringing it up almost every single time a hurricane struck the U.S.:
“The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, tell Rolling Stone that Trump began interrogating national-security officials and other staffers about the alleged weapon during the first year of his presidency, and his question would pop up sporadically until at least 2018. This patently boneheaded line of inquiry from Trump, which has not been previously reported, was merely one instance in an administration overflowing with Trump’s rampantly absurd, conspiracy-theory-powered ideas and policy proposals, many of which were ignored or shot down, thus avoiding additional atrocities.”
With talk already beginning about whether or not Trump will seek the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, it should be fun to hear how the failed ex-president tries to spin and/or deny the hurricane gun allegation. Maybe he can just grab a Sharpie and make the whole thing disappear.