Anyone who has lived in the U.S. southeast in coastal states knows that hurricane season is nothing to play with. If officials say evacuate, you better damn well evacuate. However, that is not the advice being given to the Trump supporters who frequent the right-wing hellhole known as The Drudge Report. No, instead, the good folks at Drudge are actually telling their readers that Hurricane Matthew is nothing more than a hoax cooked up by the government to prove or make some kind of point about climate change. Here are screen captures of the insanity on the Matt Drudge Twitter account:
The paranoid bunker-dwellers in the bowels of the right-wing internet are frequently fed dangerous lies, but none so dangerous as something like this. People literally die in these storms when they refuse to evacuate. Here is the real deal regarding the dangers of Hurricane Matthew, via Crooks and Liars:
Forecast models currently put Florida’s Palm Beach County at the heaviest point of impact for the impending storm. If Matthew makes landfall, it will be the first hurricane to directly hit the state since Hurricane Wilma in October 2005.
“If a direct landfall occurs, this will be unlike any hurricane in the modern era,” said the National Weather Service’s Jacksonville office in a forecast discussion.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, Scott said, “We’re planning for the worst, hoping for the best, but we’re not going to take a chance.”
“This is going to kill people,” Scott said of Hurricane Matthew at the press conference, in which he, once again, sounded the alarm for residents to evacuate. In the wake of what he and the National Weather Service called a “life-threatening storm,” Scott urged residents to have at least a three-day supply of food, water, and medicine. “Charge your phone,” he added.
“Do not surf,” Scott said. “Do not go on the beach. This will kill you.” Scott said Floridians on Atlantic coast should expect to lose power, “possibly for a long period of time.”
“We don’t know exactly where this storm’s going,” Scott said. “Don’t trust this track.”
The National Weather Service said that the winds from this hurricane could well exceed those of the three large storms that pummeled the state in 2004. Waves from the storm could reach up to 18 feet as well, and residents should expect severe coastal surging.
What Matt Drudge is doing is nothing short of criminal. This isn’t free speech, or even just a run of the mill ridiculous conspiracy theory in the name of normal right-wing science denial. No, this is life-endangering, fire-in-a-crowded-theater level insanity. Matt Drudge and others spreading this dangerous misinformation should be contacted by the authorities with orders to cease and desist immediately.
Hopefully, there’s enough sense left in the brains of the deplorables to realize that this is a bridge too far, even for them, and they act wisely and follow evacuation orders.
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