It’s one thing for Donald Trump to claim he’s a “stable genius,” but it’s another to claim America sent Norway several fighter jets that don’t exist. Well, technically they do exist, but only in video games. Oh boy, prepare for some cringe, people.
According to The Independent, Donald Trump stated America delivered F-52 and F-35 fighter jets to Norway:
“In November, we started delivering the F-52s and F-35 fighter jets. We have a total of 52, and they’ve delivered a number of them already, a little ahead of schedule.”
Now, the F-35 is a real fighter jet, but the F-52 is a purely fictional jet that only appears in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. For those of you who aren’t up to date on their CoD games, Advanced Warfare is the one that spawned the infamous “Press F/X to Pay Respects” meme and stared Kevin Spacey.
However, I am a fair man; I am willing to believe Trump might have committed a verbal slip-up. After all, he did claim America had fifty-two fighter jets, so maybe he just confused the number of jets with the name of the jets. Then again, in the video, he clearly was reading from a script, which raises the question of how he even made such a horrendous gaffe, assuming it was even a gaffe at all and not the fault of the script writer. Plus, according to The Washington Post, Norway only received three jets, so clearly something’s going on here.
Donald Trump has a history of gaffes and falsehoods, both written and verbal, most notably “covfefe,” but this F-52 mistake is easily one of the more egregious. At least when Trump claims something like “there is substantial evidence of voter fraud,” you have to do a lot of digging before you can ultimately conclude there is zero evidence, but all you need is five seconds on Google to determine the F-52 fighter jet is a work of fiction from a video game immediately recognizable to a good chunk of the world’s population.
We can only hope that Donald Trump doesn’t believe F-52s actually exist.