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Twitter goes wild with #BatTrump hashtag after Donald Trump tells children "I am Batman"

He's not the president America needs, but the president America deserves



Scott Eric Kaufman
August 17, 2015 5:11PM (UTC)

Over the weekend, GOP front-runner Donald Trump made good on his promises to give a select group of children rides in his helicopter at the Iowa State Fair, CNN's Thomas Lake reports.

After delivering a stump speech in which he reiterated his increasingly hardline positions on immigration and military action in the Middle East, the real estate magnate announced that "we have quite a few children going to take rides today," only to discover he couldn't find them. "Where are the children?" he asked. "Get them over here!"

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Fifty children appeared behind him, eager for a ride on his Sikorsky S-76B -- but Trump made them wait as he fielded a few questions from reporters. One asked what other potential nominee he felt was qualified to be president.

"Nobody else will do the job that I will do," he answered. "I will bring back jobs, I will strengthen our military, I'll take care of our vets, I'll get rid of Obamacare, which is, by the way, a catastrophe."

Just as the children behind him were becoming visibly impatient, Trump decided it was finally time for the main event and escorted them to the helicopter. One child, nine-year-old William Bowman, captured his exchange with Trump on camera.

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"Mr. Trump," he asked, "are you Batman?"

"I am Batman," Trump replied.

And with that, the Internet was off and running:

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Watch the entire segment blow via CNN.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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