In a Father’s Day-themed father-son interview hosted by the president’s reelection campaign, Don Trump Jr. asked his father if he would consider opening up Roswell to let us know if there’s aliens. Don Trump Jr. says, “Before you leave office, will you let us know if there’s aliens, because this is the only thing I really want to know. I want to know, what’s going on. Would you ever open up Roswell and let us know what’s really going on there.”
The President replies, “So many people ask me that question … There are millions and millions of people that want to go there, that want to see it. I won’t talk here about what I know about it, but its very interesting. But Roswell is a very interesting place. With a lot of people who would like to know what’s going on.” He concludes the interview by saying he’ll have to think about declassifying it. Really?
This is not the first time politicians have made campaign promises about Disclosure, but it might be one of the most awkward. The media missed the gaff, but the Trumps have conflated the New Mexico town (Roswell) with the government’s secret testing facility (Area 51) in Nevada.
In UFO terminology, “Roswell” refers to the military’s announcement of the retrieval of a crashed flying saucer in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. The military subsequently declared the recovered debris to be the remains of a weather balloon, leading the UFO community to allege a cover-up. Nine hundred miles away, near Rachel, Nevada, the Air Force operates a secret test site referred to as Area 51. UFO conspiracy theory posits that recovered UFOs from crash sites like Roswell are kept at Area 51 and reverse engineered for military applications.
Trump senior is clearly referring to last summer’s Storm Area 51 event when he says, “There are millions and millions of people that want to go there, that want to see it.” More than two million people signed up to join the online-joke Facebook event. But Trump doesn’t know the difference between Roswell and Area 51. There was no “Storm Roswell” movement. Anyone who wants to go to Roswell is welcome to do so at any time.
People are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly …
The President is not completely ignorant on the subject of UFOs. Last summer (2019), when Trump was briefed on the Navy encounters, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Trump about the briefings. The President replied, somewhat disjointedly, that he did have “one really brief meeting on it. People are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly … I think our great pilots would know, and some of them really see things that are a little bit different than in the past.” Last April, when the Navy publicly released the three gun camera videos, Trump commented, “I just wonder if it’s real. That’s a hell of a video.”
I won’t talk here about what I know about it, but its very interesting. But Roswell is a very interesting place.
Now the President states that he knows interesting information about Roswell. Of course, he won’t talk about it, but he teases us, “Roswell is a very interesting place.” It is indeed. The town has become a pilgrimage site for UFO fans. Every day is “UFO Days” in Roswell, New Mexico, now home to the “UFO Museum and Research Center” and lots of other alien-themed tourist traps, but it’s not Area 51. When the Trumps said “Roswell,” they meant “Area 51.”
One might suggest that the President means to imply that he knows the truth about what happened at Roswell in 1947, but that’s clearly not what he’s talking about. He’s referring to a facility that “millions and millions” of people would like to visit and see. In other words, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Is this a legitimate promise of Disclosure? Don’t get your hopes up. If the President doesn’t know the difference between Roswell and Area 51, he doesn’t have much to disclose on the subject of “if there are aliens.”
Trump might not know much about UFOs, but he’s right about one thing. There are “a lot of people who would like to know what’s going on.” And every one of them represents a potential vote.