Trump got distracted by the word 'nuclear' during a bizarre press conference about his latest lawsuit

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  • Trump became distracted by the word "nuclear" during a press conference on Wednesday.

  • "We don't use the word 'nuclear.' I never used it, OK? ... That's called disinformation," he said.

  • Trump in 2019 denied reports that he'd asked about using nuclear bombs to tackle hurricanes.

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Former US President Donald Trump became distracted by the word "nuclear" during a press conference on Wednesday announcing his lawsuit against big tech firms.

Trump said he brought the lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, and Google to accuse them of "censoring" him and other conservatives.

"My team is demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, a stop to the blacklisting, vanishing, and canceling," he said in an email soliciting funds for the lawsuit. "We will not rest until we've achieved a MAJOR VICTORY for the American People."

At one point during the press conference, he said Facebook had censored posts suggesting that the coronavirus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, only to stop censoring them as the theory became more mainstream.

"Until recently, Facebook had a policy to eliminate all posts sharing evidence that the horrible virus emerged from China. They said it didn't emerge from the Chinese lab," he said.

"Wuhan, remember, I said Wuhan, it was like a bomb went up. Wuhan - it came from the Wuhan lab. Of course, there were body bags all outside the lab. Nobody ever mentions that. I wonder why."

He went on: "Then it was finally revealed that this was most likely the truth, that it came from the lab. And it was a small little story. But when I said it, it was like a weapon went off, a major weapon.

"I won't use the word 'weapon,' because I never use the word 'nuclear.' But we have to be careful with our leadership, because if we don't have the proper leadership, we're in a very perilous state.

"So we don't use the word 'nuclear.' I never used it, OK? I never used it. I never said it. That's called disinformation."

Trump has frequently veered off-script at his rallies, peppering his political speeches with rants about bugbears including weak showers, lightbulbs, and hairspray.

It was unclear what Trump was referring to on Wednesday or why he was insisting that he did not use the word "nuclear."

However, in 2019 Trump denied reports that he had asked national security officials to consider using nuclear bombs to tackle hurricanes.

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