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Japanese bemused by Trump bowling ball car test claim

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A claim by President US Donald Trump that Japan tests car quality by dropping bowling balls on vehicles has prompted confusion and ridicule among some Japanese.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump claimed in a fundraising speech that Japan was using unreasonable testing standards to keep out US auto companies.

“They take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and they drop it on the hood of the car,” Trump reportedly said.

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“And if the hood dents, then the car doesn’t qualify. Well, guess what, the roof dented a little bit, and they said, nope, this car doesn’t qualify. It’s horrible, the way we’re treated. It’s horrible.”

Several Japanese media outlets picked up the Post report, and Japanese Twitter users reacted with confusion and derision.

“Stupid Trump… says Japan carries out a test dropping a bowling ball on cars,” wrote user @BlackTower_B.

“It’s too stupid for words.”

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Others laughed off the bizarre assertion, with @technopolis writing: “if there is a car which won’t dent after a bowling ball falls on it from six metres up in the air, I want that car!”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was “obviously… joking”.

But that did little to tamp down speculation about where Trump came up with the idea of the test.

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Some pointed to a method that is used by Japan’s Nation Agency for Automotive Safety and Victim’s Aid to test the potential impact of a car accident on a pedestrian.

Adult- and child-sized “head impactors”, which resemble bowling balls with the bottom third sliced off, are fired towards car hoods and other areas.

“The impact received by the head impactors is measured and then evaluated using head injury criterion,” NASVA says on its website.

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Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The host played a notorious clip of Trump.

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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