Some say a Trump presidency will mean everyone not already wealthy or willing to kiss luxurious Trump ass will wind up so poor we're living in huts. It's not a bad theory, but the thing to keep in mind is that we'd need to be able to survive long enough to even get to the point where the Magnificent Police seize our assets for Trump allies. That's absurd, you say? Consider this warning from John Noonan, who in a past life once sat underground in a Wyoming bunker in control of some of America's ICBMs, and in a frank tweetstorm laid out just what Trump's reported interest in the use of nuclear weapons will mean for our planet.

Noonan sent up a 20 tweet caution flag yesterday afternoon that laid out exactly what giving Trump nuclear weapons would mean in light of his allegedly asking a security advisor why America can't use nukes. Noonan used his tweets, which became a Twitter moment, to explain that "the whole idea behind nuclear deterrence is that you don't use the damn things," and that Trump's plan to pull back from alliances and rely on a nuclear-first policy would cause other nuclear powers to respond in kind.

Noonan also said that when he was responsible for potentially turning the key to launch an ICBM, he was reassured by his belief that the order would come from a president faced with no other choice—he cannot imagine that being a guarantee with President Trump. "The idea of a narcissist walking around with nuclear authenticators" is "nauseating," Noonan said, especially given Trump's hair-trigger temper.

For more, here is Noonan elaborating on the matter with Chris Hayes last night:

Still, while Noonan has more expertise in this area than most people in America, he's also a #NeverTrump guy and surely we can trust Donald Trump with this ultimate responsibility. It's not like Trump would get out on the stump and tell the world about secret videos he saw in his classified intelligence briefings!

Donald Trump on Wednesday described vivid details from a video he said he had watched earlier in the day of Iranian officials unloading cash from an airplane. The money was part of a payment, announced earlier this year, from the U.S. to Iran to settle a decades-old dispute over an incomplete weapons sale.

Uh okay, guess he would do something like that. But it's not like he'd confuse that video with something that 100% isn't the video he was describing, and do it in front of a large audience that would believe his every word!

Contrary to what Trump said about the video he claimed to have seen, this video was not shot in Iran, it did not show the exchange of cash, it was not “top secret,” it was not “a military tape,” and it was not “provided by Iran.” Nor was it released to “embarrass the United States,” as Trump repeatedly claimed.

Jesus Herbert Christ. So hey, as long as you're here, take the newest Gothamist poll: What's the better song from our last age of nuclear paranoia to welcome our coming age of nuclear paranoia?

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