Ann Coulter (Credit: MSNBC)

"Residents at risk of dying from boredom": Ann Coulter downplays Hurricane Irma as Miami floods

The right-wing commentator insists the hurricane is fake news, while Trump's social media guru shares fake video


Taylor Link
September 10, 2017 8:21PM (UTC)

The strength of Hurricane Irma has dropped cranes and flooded city streets. But according to right-wing provocateur Ann-Coulter, the storm isn't even worth reporting.

"Hurricane update from Miami: Light rain; residents at risk of dying from boredom," she tweeted Sunday morning as the hurricane made landfall in the Florida Keys.

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http://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/906876843667619840

Three hours later, she provided another ill-informed update:

http://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/906930628301672448

Images coming out of south Florida are anything but "light" or "heavier-than-average." The videos are downright dire.

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http://twitter.com/RyanAFournier/status/906948284215939072

http://twitter.com/WFLAJosh/status/906967697518460929

Conservative commentators, in their attempt to deny the serious realities of climate change, have tried to reduce the significance of Hurricane Irma. Radio host Rush Limbaugh appeared to have evacuated his home in Palm Beach, Florida just two days after he said Irma was a hoax concocted by liberals and cable news.

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Now Coulter seems to be playing the same game, putting her Twitter audience at risk in the process.

The winds were so strong in Miami Sunday that they brought down multiple construction cranes in the city.

http://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/906948273587544065

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Coulter was not the only Republican who was spreading fake news on Twitter. While Limbaugh and Coulter have tried to downplay the dangers of this hurricane season, President Donald Trump has heralded the historic nature of these storms.

Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino Jr., shared a video Sunday that he claimed depicted Miami International Airport. The official Twitter account for Miami's airport had to comment on the video to inform everyone that the video was not from its airport.

http://twitter.com/JoePerticone/status/906970529093095424

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The video was actually from an airport in Mexico last month.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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