Most people who aren’t members of the Donald Trump
cult fan club are well aware of the fact that nearly everything he says is either woefully inaccurate, a lie or something he literally just seemed to make up out of thin air during a speech. While most politicians and presidential candidates lie, Trump takes being dishonest to an entirely different level.
Well, during Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate when the subject of Libya came up, it was mentioned that Sen. Ted Cruz has accused Trump of being in favor of the removal of Muammar Gaddafi from power. Something that Trump vehemently denied ever saying.
“He said I was in favor of Libya,” Trump said. “I never discussed that subject. I was in favor of Libya? We would be so much better off if Gaddafi would be in charge right now.”
Trump’s comments couldn’t be more clear – he “never discussed that subject.”
Here are a few excerpts from Trump’s 2011 video blog:
“I can’t believe what our country is doing. Gaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people, nobody knows how bad it is, and we’re sitting around we have soldiers all have the Middle East, and we’re not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage and that’s what it is: It’s a carnage.”
“You talk about things that have happened in history; this could be one of the worst. Now we should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick. We could do it surgically, stop him from doing it, and save these lives. This is absolutely nuts. We don’t want to get involved and you’re gonna end up with something like you’ve never seen before.”
“But we have to go in to save these lives; these people are being slaughtered like animals. It’s horrible what’s going on; it has to be stopped. We should do on a humanitarian basis, immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save the lives.”
So, not only did he absolutely talk about Libya in the past – he talked about it quite extensively. Not only that, despite his current claim that we would be “so much better off if Gaddafi” was still in charge, he was extremely adamant about the fact that we needed to remove the dictator from power. Then again, this was clearly said prior to President Obama ordering military intervention in Libya that eventually led to the removal of Gaddafi from power. Which means Trump simply voiced his opinion in opposition to what the president was currently doing at that time. But now that the president did exactly what Trump said in 2011 we needed to do – now he thinks we should have kept Gaddafi in power.
This is what you call classic Republican anti-Obama tactics. No matter what the president says or does, Republicans will simply say or do the opposite… even if it’s something they’ve supported in the past. Let’s not forget that Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio called on President Obama to do more in Syria, then when the president asked Congress to approve legislation that would allow him to do just that – Republicans like Rubio voted against giving him that power.
Will this hurt Trump? Probably not. If there’s one thing his supporters don’t care about, it’s the truth. They love Donald J. Trump and that’s all that matters. This is someone who’s called women fat pigs, belittled a war hero and mocked a man with disabilities – only to see his popularity grow. So I really don’t think lying about Libya is going to matter a great deal to the people who support him.
After all, most of the people who follow him couldn’t care less if he lies. If his supporters actually cared about the truth, then they wouldn’t be supporting him for president.
Watch his comments from 2011 below:
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