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Trump and Truman

This is interesting reading comparing your present President to Harry Truman.

It lists a lot of similarities and looks at how your present leaser might 'spin a nuclear war'

To understand how a nuclear war would actually start and how it would be spun to the public afterwards, it’s worth looking at the last time nuclear force was used. There are surprising parallels between Donald Trump and Harry Truman. Like Trump, Truman was an outsider, labelled “the accidental president,” a Missouri haberdasher caught up in the Democratic machine and thrust into the presidency when Franklin Roosevelt died.

Both men were plain-speaking, and neither president was popular. Truman’s average approval rating through his last four years in office was 36.5 according to Gallup, while Trump averaged 40 during his first two years in office. Like Trump, Truman was given to belittling those who attacked him. When Arkansas Senator Fulbright suggested that Truman resign after his approval rating dropped to 32 per cent in 1946, Truman referred to him as “Senator Halfbright.” When a reviewer disparaged his daughter’s singing, Truman threatened to blacken both his eyes.

Both Truman and Trump were underinformed when they took the job; Truman had no idea America was developing an atomic bomb. Many of Truman’s military advisors advised against its use, including General Dwight Eisenhower, who wrote, “The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a military point of view, in the defeat of Japan.” Even uber-hawk Major General Curtis LeMay (depicted as General Jack D. Ripper in the movie Dr. Strangelove) said “the atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.”