Nate Silver Mocks Trump’s Nuclear Comments With ‘Post-Nuclear Holocaust’ Electoral Map (IMAGE)


Polling guru Nate Silver posted a stunning image to his Twitter account early Friday morning.

Silver produced, and posted, an image of his take on what the national electoral college vote distribution map would look like after a nuclear holocaust.

Every state on Silver’s map is grayed out except Wyoming, Alaska, and Hawaii — the three states that, evidently, stuck out to Silver as the most likely to survive a nuclear weapons attack against the United States.

His tweet, featuring his mostly grayed-out map of the United States alongside the caption, “Here’s what the electoral map would look like if only people who weren’t burnt to a crisp in the nuclear holocaust voted,” is featured below.

For what it’s worth, commenters on Silver’s tweet pointed out that at least two of the three states that Silver singled out might not be so safe after all in the case of nuclear war.

As Yoni Appelbaum of The Atlantic commented, “Wyoming? There are 150 Minuteman III missiles run out of Warren AFB, Nate.”

Nuclear weapons analyst Stephen Young added, “Actually, Wyoming hosts US ICBMs, so definitely a target, and Alaska hosts US missile defense system, so also a target.”

Silver’s dramatic tweet comes in the middle of an intense controversy over President-elect Donald Trump’s repeated recent insistence that the United States should grow its nuclear arsenal.

On Thursday, Trump took to Twitter to address the issue of U.S. nuclear policy, writing that the United States “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

Trump’s stance flies in the face of everything from common sense to decades of global policy precedent, but he doesn’t care.

When given the opportunity by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski to walk back his stunning, incendiary Thursday afternoon assertion about the necessity of growing the nation’s nuclear arsenal, he didn’t.

Instead, he said, “Let it be an arms race because we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

And so, Silver, along with millions of other Americans, has been reduced to pondering the possible end result of Trump’s insistent nonchalant toying with the idea of using nuclear weapons.

Silver’s comments also take a jab at those self-absorbed Trump supporters who have offered up numerous alternative national vote distribution maps in recent days that supposedly show how Trump “could have” won the popular vote.

Featured Image via Slaven Vlasic/ Getty Images for AWXII.