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More relevant for sure, but not as funny.
You know what else is funny? Clinton is now the only Presidential candidate not to have voiced anti-vaccine conspiracy theories
Oh god why. Why is this happening. How did we get here? This is not what 2016 was supposed to be like.
Indeed. This was all supposed to happen in 2012. According to mistranslations of the ancient Mayans at any rate.
(Seriously, what estimate do you guys give of the odds that a Trump presidency would cause the literal end of the world? I think it would put us at least back into Cold War era territory with regard to chances of a world-ending man-made cataclysm)
Unlikely IMO, he's more Mussolini than Hitler and Hitler didn't end the world. He's mostly going to piss off our allies, who aren't going to provoke a war over it.
Agreed, though I can imagine at least one potential nuclear war scenario arising from a Trump Presidency. It's not likely, but it's possible:
Emboldened by a Trump Presidency, Russia steps up covert destabilisation operations in the Baltic nations, maybe in hope of creating conditions whereby they can intervene as they did in the Crimea, with "little green men" and "self-defence militias" everywhere, maybe just to be dicks.
Concerned by Trump's lack of support for NATO unified collective security policies, Baltic nations increase military spending and adopt an aggressive posture against Russian military interference.
Cue "security dilemma", whereby spiralling military commitments to the border caused by mutual suspicion cause both sides to feel on the brink of war.
No longer certain of American intentions, the Baltic nations approach France and the UK to shore up their military and diplomatic muscle.
Neither France or the UK are suitable stand-ins for American forces, though they cannot be discounted as easily as Baltic nation military forces. The UK and France however, are both second-strike capable nuclear powers, capable of launching a decapitation strike on Russia even in the event of Russian strikes on those respective countries.
You now have a direct military stand-off between three nuclear powers, on a very uncertain border, involving countries who have significant Russian populations who have been treated especially poorly, in a 24 hour social media driven political landscape.
One idiot with a bomb or a gun could be enough to set things off.
However, my feeling is that we will see more unrest in the Balkans, Baltic, Middle East and South China Sea generally, as a variety of nations attempt to push President Trump's buttons and see how he reacts, if he does at all. Its what I'd do, in their place. Give him a short, sharp smack in the mouth and see if he flinches, and whether he doubles down, is all bark or can respond effectively.