U.S. Navy

Alternative Fact of the Week: The case of the vanishing U.S. warship

Alternative Fact of the Week: The case of the vanishing U.S. warship

On April 8, 1983, David Copperfield pulled off what many regard as the greatest magic act in history. Before a live audience, he caused the Statue of Liberty to disappear. On Liberty Island, a giant curtain was dropped and the 310-foot-tall American landmark had vanished. A helicopter even offered an aerial view. Shortly afterward, he brought the statue back reminding viewers that it represented rights and freedoms that “our ancestors” did not enjoy.

Thirty-six years later, the White House attempted an even more impressive illusion — make a U.S. Navy destroyer disappear during President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan last weekend. Given the ship’s size (505 feet from bow to stern),...

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