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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.

"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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