According to Bobby Knight, Harry Truman was one of the three greatest presidents because he had the “guts to drop the bomb in 1944” on Japan.
Donald Trump, he said, could join that list as one of the four greatest presidents because he “would do the same thing.”
The only historical problem with Knight’s justification: Truman authorized the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt was still president in 1944.
“And Harry Truman, with what he did in dropping and having the guts to drop the bomb in 1944 saved, saved millions of American lives,” Knight said. “And that’s what Harry Truman did. And he became one of the three great presidents of the United States. And here’s a man who would do the same thing, because he’s going to become one of the four great presidents of the United States.”
“Such a great guy. Wow. How do you top that? How do you top that?” Trump said. “You should be very proud of him in Indiana … That is a national treasure, OK?”
Earlier on Thursday, Trump told NBC’s “Today” that while he would be the last person to use nuclear weapons to take out the Islamic State or in any situation, he would never take the option off the table.
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