President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. needs to up its game when it comes to the country’s nuclear defense capabilities — a call that resulted in liberals across the country collectively losing their minds.
“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” Trump tweeted.
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
While you might think of making the U.S. better able to respond — if, God forbid, there ever was a nuclear threat— as a positive step forward for the safety of the American people, a number of left-leaning media outlets went into all-out panic mode over the president-elect’s proposal.
Trump wants to violate The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons—that could be cause for concern. https://t.co/Pk0HkQHSaV
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 22, 2016
Trump wants to expand our nuclear arsenal. I think of my aunt and baby cousin, found burnt in a ditch in Hiroshima. These weapons must go.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 22, 2016
It didn’t take long for @realDonaldTrump to get his tiny hands on the nukes.
Has the nuclear arms race reignited? https://t.co/HeKaqAcsXp
— Steve (@Otepoti_NZ) December 23, 2016
You guys are acting like this is the end of the world! It’s not at all.
The end of civilization? Maybe. https://t.co/C0qomWo65E
— Don Ventura (@donventura) December 23, 2016
The Washington Post on Thursday evening only added to the hysteria by tying Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and suggesting that the president-elect is trying to “revive the nuclear arms race.”
“The language echoes old Cold War rhetoric: Our missiles must be able to serve as a deterrent to usage, by existing as a threat to enemies,” an article in the newspaper, under the headline “Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agree: Let’s revive the nuclear arms race,” read.
But it’s important to point out that nowhere did Trump suggest in any way using nuclear weapons. The president-elect was simply voicing his support for developing nuclear defense capabilities, given the nuclear program that other countries, like Iran and North Korea, have recently shown more interest in developing.
The Obama administration’s Iran Deal was intended to address such concerns, but Trump iterated throughout the presidential campaign that he would “rip up” the deal. Perhaps Thursday’s tweet is the country’s first look at how Trump plans to govern from a position of strength — not weakness.