GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is at it again, agitating the nation with his larger-than-life rhetoric. During a rally for Trump in Ohio on Monday evening, the candidate discussed a recent question he was asked by the media about how he would confront the war on terror, if he were President. Trump’s answer is both pure gold and pure Trump.
“This morning they asked me a question, ‘Would you approve waterboarding?’ Would I approve waterboarding? And I said, ‘Well, let me ask you a question.
On the other side, they chop off our young people’s heads and put them on a stick. On the other side, they build these iron cages, and they’ll put 20 people in them and they drop them in the ocean for 15 minutes and pull them up 15 minutes later.’
Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. And I would approve more than that. Don’t kid yourself, folks. It works, okay? It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work. It works.
They’re all saying, ‘Oh it has no effect.’… It works. Believe me, it works. And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing. It works.”
The comments followed Trump’s appearance with George Stephanopoulos on ABC This Week on Sunday. During the interview Trump made a similar argument while defending the use of waterboarding against terrorist suspects.
George Stephanopoulos: You’ve also told Yahoo! News that we have to be doing things that were unthinkable a year ago. I want to get into what you had in mind. For example, do you think we should bring back enhanced interrogation like waterboarding?
Donald Trump: Well, we have to be strong. You know, they don’t use waterboarding over there; they use chopping off people’s heads. They use drowning people. I don’t know if you’ve seen with the cages where they put people in cages and they drown them in the ocean and they lift out the cage. And we’re talking about waterboarding. We have to be tough —
George Stephanopoulos: So you’d bring back waterboarding?
Donald Trump: We have — I would bring it back, yes. I would bring it back. I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they’d do to us, what they’re doing to us, what they did to James Foley when they chopped off his head. That’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation.
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