LOUISVILLE -- A Baptist pastor in Kentucky was mistakenly flamed Monday by President Donald Trump in a since-deleted tweet intended to criticize media coverage of Hurricane Dorian.
The president was lashing out at several national media outlets for reporting how statements from Trump on which states could get hit by Dorian were misleading.
"Such a phony hurricane report by lightweight reporter @jonathancarl of @ABCWorldNews," Trump tweeted Monday evening. "I suggested yesterday at FEMA that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true."
The problem is, @jonathancarl is the Twitter handle for Jonathan Carl, the lead pastor of South Fork Baptist Church in Hodgenville, which is about 55 miles south of Louisville.
Confused? Yeah, a bit of background info is necessary in this case.
On Sunday, Trump had tweeted that Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama would "most likely be hit much harder than anticipated" by Hurricane Dorian, which battered the Bahamas Monday, killing at least five people and destroying roughly 13,000 homes.
About 20 minutes after Trump's Sunday tweet, the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted that Alabama "will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian."
"We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama," the weather service office tweeted. "The system will remain too far east."
Trump also told reporters at the White House later Sunday that "Alabama is going to get a piece of it, looks like. But it can change its course again and it could go back more toward Florida."
That prompted numerous news outlets and reporters -- including Jonathan Karl, the chief White House correspondent for ABC News -- to point out that Trump's statement on Alabama was misleading or incorrect.
At 7:12 p.m. Monday, Trump berated the "phony hurricane report by @jonathancarl," accidentally mentioning the Kentucky pastor instead of "@jonkarl" with ABC News.
Four minutes later, the initial tweet was deleted and replaced with a verbatim statement that mentioned Karl instead of Carl.
Carl, 39, who has served at South Fork Baptist Church in Hodgenville since 2011, seemed to handle the mix-up just fine.
"I'm not on Twitter too often, so somebody on Facebook gave me a heads up," Carl told the Courier Journal. "I just had a laugh. … I'm a victim of a drive-by tweet."
On his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Carl posted a screenshot of Trump's tweet that mentioned him.
"When the President of the USA accidentally tags you in a tweet ... you get a lot of interesting correspondence lol!!" Carl posted Sunday evening. "Praying for those in the path of the hurricane and for all of our governmental leaders!"