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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg spoke candidly about the president's mental fitness after he doubled-down on a lie and augmented it with an altered map.
The mayor of South Bend, Ind., was a guest on CNN's New Day Thursday, speaking to co-host Alisyn Camerota about #Sharpiegate. The president's latest scandal involved Trump trying to justify why he frightened residents of Alabama a few days prior, when he erroneously warned that Hurricane Dorian would reach that state.
Trump said earlier forecast models showed it affecting Alabama, and he presented a map Wednesday to journalists that depicted the storm reaching as far west as Alabama; the map was clearly altered by a black pen to extend that far.
Many have found Trump's brazen lie hilarious, with Twitter roasting him with the hashtag #Sharpiegate. Others, like Buttigieg, find it concerning and indicative of a president whose ego and insecurity drive every decision.
"I'm really worried about that," Buttigieg told Camerota. "I feel sorry for the president, and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country. Somebody on whose wisdom and judgment our lives literally depend."
Buttigieg continued, "I don't know if he felt it necessary to pull out a Sharpie and change the map. I don't know if it was one of his aides believed they had to do that in order to protect his ego. No matter how you cut it, this is an unbelievably sad state of affairs for our country. If our presidency is not in good shape, then our country is not in good shape. And on one level it's laughable, on another it is exactly why we got to do something different."
\u201c\u201cI feel sorry for the President. And that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country,\u201d Pete Buttigieg says about Trump showing an apparently altered Dorian trajectory map.\n\n\u201cThis is humiliating. This is an embarrassing moment for our country.\u201d\u201d— CNN This Morning (@CNN This Morning) 1567687389