Trump Thinks the F-35 is ‘Invisible’

In another weird, rambling diatribe of off-the-cuff ad libbing, Trump bragged about the F-35 Stealth Fighter and made clear that he thinks it actually can’t be seen even if it’s right beside. And it isn’t the first time he’s made this bizarre claim.


Trump told the service members on Thursday that the Air Force was ÔÇťordering a lot of planes, in particular the F-35 fighter jet, which is, you know, almost like an invisible fighter,” according to a pool report.

“I was asking the Air Force guys, I said, how good is this plane?” Trump said. “They said, well, sir, you can’t see it. I said, yeah, but in a fight — you know, a fight — like I watch in the movies — they fight, they’re fighting. How good is this?”

“They say, well, it wins every time because the enemy cannot see it. Even if it’s right next to it, it can’t see it,” Trump said. “I said, ‘That helps.’ That’s a good thing.”

He said something nearly identical during his post-hurricane visit to Puerto Rico, which was even weirder because it was even less relevant. But no, the plane is not “invisible.” It absorbs radar waves, which makes it mostly invisible to radar, but if you’re close enough for visual contact — “right next to it” — you can see it. This is yet another example of how Trump’s brain works. Time and time again, in a thousand different contexts, he’ll be told something, not understand it, then repeat his misunderstanding of it again and again, usually when it’s at its peak of irrelevance to whatever conversation is ongoing. And then he’ll defend it as true forever.

And why is he bragging about this anyway? The program is nearly a decade old and was going to be our next generation stealth fighter even if he never existed. The orders for those planes were put in place years ago.

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