The Secret History of Hiroshima Supports Trump on Nuclear Weapons

On the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb falling on Hiroshima, Japan, it’s high time to correct the record: “the Bomb” didn’t defeat Japan in World War II, and what actually happened lends support to President Donald Trump’s approach on nuclear weapons.

In April 2016, Trump infamously said that he would not rule out using nuclear weapons. “I don’t want to rule out anything,” the then-candidate declared. “I will be the last to use nuclear weapons. It’s a horror to use nuclear weapons. … I will not be a happy trigger like some people might be. But I will never, ever rule it out.”

Perhaps ironically, the true history of what happened when the U.S. used nuclear weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945, and August 9, 1945, backs up the idea that nukes — while dangerous and deadly and only useful in a last resort — are not quite as powerful as commonly believed.