At the third Republican debate, CNBC’s John Harwood pointed to a few of Donald Trump’s more outlandish campaign promises – his vow to get Mexico to buy us a border wall, or to cut taxes by $10 trillion without raising the deficit – and asked whether Trump was running “the comic book version of a presidential campaign.” At the time, Trump took offense at such an outrageous characterization of his very serious candidacy. But last night in Tennessee, the GOP front-runner went full comic book, revealing that he has been gifted with a supernatural, crime-fighting power.
“In my book I predicted terrorism because I can feel it,” Trump told supporters at Tennessee’s Knoxville Convention Center on Monday night. “I can feel it like I feel a good location … I really believe I have an instinct for this kind of thing.”
As the New York Daily News notes, there is some limited evidence for Trump’s terrorism-induced ESP. In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, Trump warned that the United States should keep an eye on Osama Bin Laden. But, in that same book, he also predicted that weapons of mass destruction would soon be used against an American city, a prophecy that has yet to come to pass. Also, unless his psychic powers are geographically limited, you’d think he would have spent less of his now-infamous Thursday night rant likening Ben Carson to a child molester, and spared a minute or two to offer some words of warning to France.
Still, even if Trump has lost his “spidey senses,” he has other, more realistic plans for combating the threat of terrorism, like packing refugees into a “big beautiful safe zone” right in the middle of Syria, or possibly closing down American Muslims’ houses of worship.