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‘Dumbest’ Trump Lie Of 2020: White House Nailed Over Bizarre Weather Tweet

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<div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-01-13T21:17:09+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-01/13/5e1c7482d21f1a660d7410b1/5e1c74a51b0bb65b40983b43_o_U_v1.png?w=1440&h=900&q=60"></div><div><p>Donald Trump’s White House came under fire on Sunday after a tweet that critics are already slamming as the “dumbest” lie of 2020. </p><p>And it’s all about the weather.  </p><p>In what would on most days be a non-controversial message, the White House’s official account tweeted about <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/snow" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">snow</a>:</p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e1bdee62100005e001f6b89.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="The White House" data-caption="The White House" data-credit="The White House" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p>The problem? It not only didn’t snow in Washington on Sunday, but it was also unseasonably warm, with temperatures reaching a high of 20C. And if it did snow, it wouldn’t have been the first of the year for the capital.</p><p>That <a href="https://wtop.com/weather-news/2020/01/let-it-snow-dc-braces-for-1st-snowfall-of-the-year/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">happened</a> on Tuesday. Indeed, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/49351335481/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the image appears in the White House Flickr feed</a> for that date.  </p><p>It’s possible the tweet was written Tuesday, but not sent as the Iran crisis unfolded. If that’s the case, it’s not clear why it was then sent on Sunday, when it was so clearly not snowing in Washington.</p><p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/16/president-trump-has-made-false-or-misleading-claims-over-days/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Washington Post reported</a> last month that Trump has unleashed a blizzard of lies, with more than 15,000 false or misleading claims since taking office in 2017.</p><p>Several have been about the weather.</p><p>At one point, Trump <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-hurricane-dorian-map-alabama_n_5d700be4e4b011080459301e" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">showed off a doctored map</a> to make false claims about a <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/noaa-trump-hurricane-dorian-alabama-backlash_n_5d741514e4b07521022d6347" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">nonexistent</a> hurricane threat. </p><p>But critics on Twitter say his administration lying about an easily verifiable weather event should have a special place on the list:</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's 52 degrees. <br><br>It's snowing in DC to the same extent that Trump is innocent. <br><br>These folks aren't even competent at lying. <a href="https://t.co/yviQcyY5B0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/yviQcyY5B0</a></p>— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1216560908358557701?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is the dumbest lie and I am furious. <a href="https://t.co/eeRJpRzlP7" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/eeRJpRzlP7</a></p>— Emily Keller (@egkeller) <a href="https://twitter.com/egkeller/status/1216544543211970560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Narrator: it’s 53 degrees in Washington DC right now. <a href="https://t.co/gFH3HOqYUK" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/gFH3HOqYUK</a></p>— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) <a href="https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1216545470773977088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This White House lied about rain at Trump's inauguration. They used a Sharpie to change a weather map to lie about a hurricane headed to Alabama. And they continue to lie about climate change. Why wouldn't they lie about the first snow of the year when it's 53 degrees in DC? <a href="https://t.co/QmunL6ySjA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/QmunL6ySjA</a></p>— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) <a href="https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/1216554855772381184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Early entry for stupidest Trump lie of 2020. <a href="https://t.co/amEKgkjveV" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/amEKgkjveV</a></p>— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeMyGod/status/1216547752089411584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First snow of the year! ❄️ <a href="https://t.co/VF0IpARVtn" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/VF0IpARVtn</a></p>— Matt Ford (@fordm) <a href="https://twitter.com/fordm/status/1216557365182337024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Possibly the stupidest lie since the Bowling Green Massacre. 🤥 <a href="https://t.co/zKE3LJ1X0A" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/zKE3LJ1X0A</a></p>— Cosmichomicide (@Cosmichomicide) <a href="https://twitter.com/Cosmichomicide/status/1216554341940723712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It was 70 degrees in DC. WTF is wrong with these people. They literally lie about the dumbest things. <a href="https://t.co/Lt9mXUw6d0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/Lt9mXUw6d0</a></p>— Josh Kail (@THATJoshKail) <a href="https://twitter.com/THATJoshKail/status/1216557518245244933?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It is currently clear and well above freezing in Washington, DC. <a href="https://t.co/iXHZ2nULHm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/iXHZ2nULHm</a></p>— Adam Lance Garcia (@AdamLanceGarcia) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamLanceGarcia/status/1216552671395700737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">they're doing the stupidest lies possible on purpose to underline that you can't do anything about it, that's why <a href="https://t.co/RjF9UADetZ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/RjF9UADetZ</a></p>— Nathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) <a href="https://twitter.com/jonbernhardt/status/1216549212378337282?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why. Why would you lie about THIS.</p>— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) <a href="https://twitter.com/baddestmamajama/status/1216546696328433664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s been snowing in Russia for two weeks</p>— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1216548477506936833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is indeed the truest form of gaslighting, to lie about the stupidest, most disprovable thing, only to cause division and prove to the most suggestible in society that there are no such things as objective facts. <a href="https://t.co/OxJMCtUuse" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/OxJMCtUuse</a></p>— E.J. Kalafarski (@ejkalafarski) <a href="https://twitter.com/ejkalafarski/status/1216553223600984065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's 54 degrees. Is there anything you don't lie about?</p>— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) <a href="https://twitter.com/HelenKennedy/status/1216545713850650624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It was 70 degrees today. There is no snow out there. <a href="https://t.co/XqoRgpiRZZ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/XqoRgpiRZZ</a></p>— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1216547412933861376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Upside-Down.</p>— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) <a href="https://twitter.com/pourmecoffee/status/1216548989484617728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 13, 2020</a></blockquote></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

Donald Trump’s White House came under fire on Sunday after a tweet that critics are already slamming as the “dumbest” lie of 2020. 

And it’s all about the weather.  

In what would on most days be a non-controversial message, the White House’s official account tweeted about snow:

The White House

The problem? It not only didn’t snow in Washington on Sunday, but it was also unseasonably warm, with temperatures reaching a high of 20C. And if it did snow, it wouldn’t have been the first of the year for the capital.

That happened on Tuesday. Indeed, the image appears in the White House Flickr feed for that date.  

It’s possible the tweet was written Tuesday, but not sent as the Iran crisis unfolded. If that’s the case, it’s not clear why it was then sent on Sunday, when it was so clearly not snowing in Washington.

The Washington Post reported last month that Trump has unleashed a blizzard of lies, with more than 15,000 false or misleading claims since taking office in 2017.

Several have been about the weather.

At one point, Trump showed off a doctored map to make false claims about a nonexistent hurricane threat. 

But critics on Twitter say his administration lying about an easily verifiable weather event should have a special place on the list:

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-white-house-bizarre-weather-tweet_au_5e1cdd0cc5b6640ec3d9700f

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