Trump: I Have an ‘Instinct’ for Predicting Terrorism

As the hunt for the perpetrators of the attacks in Paris continue, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday that he is uniquely qualified to be commander-in-chief because he has an “instinct” for sensing threats.

“In my book I predicted terrorism. Because I can feel it,” said Trump, speaking to thousands of supporters packed into Tennessee’s Knoxville Convention Center. “I can feel it like I feel a good location.”

Trump, the billionaire businessman and former reality television star, was referring to a passage in one of his books, “The America We Deserve,” in which he warned of the threat posed by terrorism and referenced Osama bin Laden as a “shadowy figure.” The book was published in 2000, before the Sept. 11 attacks, and Trump has taken to trumpeting the passage to prove that, despite his lack of foreign policy experience, he is qualified to be president.

Just like his nose for scouting a good location in real estate, Trump went on to say Monday, “I really believe I have an instinct for this kind of thing.”

“Nobody knew this kind of terrorism before. But I felt it. And you have to have somebody that has an instinct to lead this country,” he said.