I learned a while back not to predict that anything would “bring down” Donald Trump’s campaign. If anything, the more vile and offensive he’s become, the more support his campaign has received. In a world of rational voters (which apparently doesn’t exist in large number among Republicans), when he belittled and mocked Sen. John McCain’s war record, saying he wasn’t a hero because he got captured, that should have been the end of his campaign.
Just think about that for a moment. Donald Trump publicly trashed a legitimate veteran and war hero – and he became more popular with millions of Republican voters. Yet Trump and his voters have the nerve to claim they respect veterans? It really does take a special kind of stupid to support Donald Trump.
Well, following the terrible terrorist attack in Brussels, Trump (as expected) was quick to try to score some political points from this tragedy.
Here’s what he had to say during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:
“Look, I think we have to change our law on the waterboarding thing, where they can chop off heads and drown people in cages, in heavy steel cages and we can’t water board. We have to change our laws and we have to be able to fight at least on almost equal basis. We have laws that we have to obey in terms of torture. They have no laws whatsoever that they have to obey.”
Yes, that’s the leading presidential candidate for the Republican party not only advocating that we commit war crimes, but suggesting that we act as monstrous as terrorists to fight terrorism.
One of the reasons why we can call ourselves one of the greatest countries on Earth is because we don’t act like terrorists.
Trump then said he would go “beyond” waterboarding and would consult with “military people” about how to effectively torture terrorists. That prompted Blitzer to point out that most military leaders don’t support torture. At which point Trump essentially dismissed that assertion and said that he thinks they’re “100 percent” in support of torturing terrorists.
He then went on some incoherent rant about Generals MacArthur and Patton, saying they’re “crying and spinning in their graves” over the stupidity of those who oppose torture and committing war crimes.
Honestly, I don’t even know what to say about any of this anymore. If we’re going to become a nation that openly admits and brags about using torture, then what the hell are we fighting against? This “logic” coming from Donald Trump and those who support him is that we’re going to oppose radical, barbaric terrorists… by acting like them? Because let’s not forget, Trump is also the person who said he would target the families of terrorists.
This is reprehensible.
Look, we’re all appalled by what we’re seeing take place at the hands of ISIS. But if we give up who we are as a nation to embrace barbaric acts of torture, human mutilation and who knows what else – then ISIS has already won.
As Americans, we should all be ashamed by Trump’s rhetoric. Part of being the United States of America is acting like the United States of America.
In a perfect world, these comments from Donald Trump should disqualify him from even running for president. Sadly, I know millions of conservatives couldn’t care less. It’s a testament to the sad, pathetic and sorry state of the modern-day Republican party.
Watch his comments below via CNN: