Ex-Nuclear Launch Officer Explains What's So Terrifying About Trump Having Nuke Codes

A Minuteman III missile and Trump. Both Photo Credits: Getty Images
A Minuteman III missile and Trump. Both Photo Credits: Getty Images

Ex-Jeb Bush national security advisor and #NeverTrump representative John Noonan is a former Minuteman III nuclear launch officer in the U.S. Air Force. When he says what’s terrifying about Trump getting his hands on nuclear codes, he knows what he’s talking about.

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Noonan put out this tweetstorm on the subject following Trump-denied news that he had repeatedly asked “If we have them, why can’t we use them?” during a foreign policy briefing. Noonan’s words remain haunting:

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I can’t imagine the kind of stress you have when you’re responsible for a nuclear launch, even in a stable presidency. How things will be over the next eight years with two hawks running for office at the moment, I do not know.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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If you only read sites/newspapers that come up with this kind of fear mongering bullshit, you’d fear and hate Trump. I did not like him at first because of the bad stuff people make up about him, but then I started to read more about him and Hillary, exactly because one of them might control the deadliest arsenal ever (even if you got many nukes that are rotting in their silos/storage for the past 30 years and would probably not work right). He started rich and only got richer, while many went poor at the same time as he. His companies create many jobs. If he makes your Country’s economy thrive just like his companies, how would that be bad? Trump is harsh and has tough words to say and everyone hates it, because you all need “safe spaces”, which is an alternate reality of non aggression that’s impossible to ever happen. I really hope Trump wins just so you see he can’t just press a button and send half of the world skyward. And I hope even harder that once he’s the President he says something like this, if your Country gets ever threatened: “Hey Castro, North Korean fat Kid with Ugly Hair and Maduro, you genocidal assholes, put down your fucking weapons, free your people and surrender to be trialed or I’ll nuke your capitals and I’ll finish your armed forces off with stealth aircraft and Tomahawks. You have now 44 and a half minutes to comply, bitches.”