With the world’s attention fixed on the U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump has been appearing in the media to a greater extent than ever before.
The Republican presidential candidate continues to stoke controversy with his comments, and he slows no sign of slowing down. While opinion is divided on Trump, Google certainly knows what it thinks of him. As CNBC’s Steve Kopack first noted on Twitter, searching the phrase “top economist” on Google brings up Donald Trump as the first result.
Search results lead to hilarity on Twitter
While Trump does hold a bachelor’s degree in economics, his policy proposals have been criticized by many economists. Given his prominent ranking on Google search results, this may come as some surprise.
Trump is featured ahead of the father of modern economics, Adam Smith, and Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman. A similar search for “top economists” brings up Trump as number three.
The story has generated plenty of responses on Twitter. “Cannot stop laughing,” wrote @FGoria in response to the news.
“Google’s AI is learning humor,” added @ReformedBroker.
Google has a history of interesting results
This is not the first time that Google’s search results have produced some interesting results. The search engine has displayed Indian premier Narendra Modi on a list of the world’s stupidest prime ministers, and also showed his name in a search for the top 10 criminals in India. The tech giant was forced to apologize for the results.
“These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way images are described on the Internet can yield surprising results to specific queries. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We’re continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this,” said a representative for the company.
More recently the search engine sparked hilarity when it was found to show the Indian flag after users searched for “Namak Haram country.” The term means disloyal in English.
At a time of great tension between India and Pakistan many internet users found it funny that Google appeared to believe that India was disloyal. However the search results can be explained by the fact that Namak Haram is the title of a popular Bollywood film, made in India. Google often displays the flag of the country in which a film is made if you search for the title.
Controversial Trump on the campaign trail
On the other hand Donald Trump is unlikely to be offended by his inclusion in the list of top economists. The Republican presidential candidate is busy campaigning for the upcoming elections in typical style.
Trump is many things to many people, with a long career as a property tycoon and hotel mogul. However his patchy business record has seen a number of bankruptcies, and controversy has recently emerged over his tax records. Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton believes that Trump may be hiding information on his tax returns, and might not have paid his taxes for many years.
The Republican candidate’s taxes and business record were just a small part of recent debates between Trump and Clinton, as well as their respective Vice Presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine. The Democrat team also drew attention to Trump’s controversial views on Mexicans and women.
Republican candidate seizes on Bill Clinton’s comments
There has also been discussion of the Affordable Care Act brought in by President Obama. Today Trump seized on Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton’s comments made on Monday.
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world!” Bill Clinton had said Monday in Flint, Michigan.
“Bill called it a system, a crazy system and said that it’s ‘the craziest thing in the world,’” Trump said Wednesday at a rally in Reno, Nevada. Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, however he has not mentioned what he would replace it with.
“There’s only one way to stop Obamacare and that’s to vote for Donald J. Trump,” Trump said.
However Hillary Clinton said that her husband was only echoing her own calls for reform to the Act. At the same time Trump is enjoying the thought of some tension in the Clinton household.
“Can you imagine when he walked home to that beautiful home in Westchester, and he said, ‘Hi Hillary, how was your day?’ Oh, did he suffer,” Trump said.