The Trump administration, and plenty of Congressional Republicans, are under fire at the moment from pretty much every facet of society. This is fortwo very broad reasons namely, they are doing things that are either genuinely terrifying or batshit crazy.
Speaking of crazy, Representative Trent Franks an Arizona Republican popped over to the CNN recently to do something thats demonstrably unpopular with the American public. He defended President Trumps $25 billion US-Mexico border wall, claiming that its needed to keep the nation safe and secure from all those Mexican maniacs.
As highlighted by Gizmodo, this gentleman then said something quite jarring.
Ya know, we sometimes used to make the point that if someone wanted to smuggle in a dangerous weapon, even a nuclear weapon, into America, how would they do it? he began. And the suggestion was made, Well, well simply hide it in a bale of marijuana.
Hold on. So Mr Franks is saying that the Great Wall of Trump will stop nuclear weapons, concealed inside massive piles of illegal marijuana, sneaking into the US? This strikes us as curious.
The unusual exchange on CNN. tpmtv via YouTube
First off why not pick something legal to hide the nuclear weapons in, rather than something sniffer dogs and armed patrols are searching for along that border crossing? Do nuclear weapons tend to get into America via Mexico? Would a warhead even fit inside a bale of marijuana and doesnt it normally come in bags?
Its not exactly clear who Franks is referring to when he says that we sometimes used to make the point. As Talking Points Memo helpfully point out, this is an argument he has shamelessly used before back in 2012, so perhaps hes talking about himself or, worryingly, several other lawmakers (including one Democrat) thats also made the baseless suggestion.
Is marijuana, as some of these contemporaries have claimed, a good radiation shield for nuclear warheads? Can it hide radioactive material from military inspection? Sure, a little. But you know what else works just as well? Any other type of crop or plant.
Lets be clear this is insane. That didnt stop one British tabloid going with the grandiose headline: Fears mount Mexican drug lords will help ISIS smuggle NUKE into the US hidden inside bales of marijuana.
You know, itd actually be easier to smuggle a nuke wrapped in marijuana from Canadas British Columbia to Americas Washington State. Medicinal use of the drug is legal in both the respective province and state, after all, and not even the most die-hard Republican suspects their nice neighbors from the north of plotting their doom.
So maybe Franks is focusing on the wrong border. Forget the Mexican cartels what is Trudeau hiding behind that handsome visage of his?