Did you know that Donald Trump is not only the world's first ambulatory merkin, but also a wizard? Like a whale that sprouted eyebrows and a strangely puckered mouth hole, Trump yesterday told an audience that he possesses a sort of refined terrorism sonar that must certainly put him ahead of the other candidates in a crowded Republican field.
Trump maintains that proof of his gift is evident in the pages of his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, in which he warned of the wrath of Osama Bin Laden. He also predicted that WMDs would be used on an American city, but no matter: “I really believe I have an instinct for this kind of thing,” he glowed.
Trump did not use his powers to warn Paris of its impending attacks, however. And it doesn't seem like he'd use them to herald any sort of future peace, either, offering during a speech in Iowa that he would "bomb the shit" out of ISIS's oil fields and instate a ring of protective troops as they were rebuilt. He'd then build a "big, beautiful safe zone" using his real estate chops.
Regardless of Trump's powers as soothsayer, he doesn't have an especially strong grip on readily available facts. The fact-checking website Politifact identifies 61 percent of Trump's public claims as utterly false, with an additional 13 percent as "mostly false."
But what is primary season if not a prolonged opportunity for presidential hopefuls to spew whatever farcical pablum they want—unsourced data are delivered as irrefutable fact, irrefutable facts are pieced together through some grab bag of half-truths and bald-faced lies, and promises of a unicorn in every pot is delivered with a straight face and an assertive thumb gesture. As Trump said in his own pat phrasing: "How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?"
I predicted Rosie O'Donnell would fail at the View, and was right. Now I predict Rosie will take over for Brian Williams!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2015