U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and his son approve of torture, degradation and waterboarding, after all it is what goes on in some private college fraternities.
Water-boarding is nothing compared to what a future Republican Donald Trump administration has in store for U.S. adversaries. Under the Donald it will be “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
The Economist reports:
Presidential candidates compete over their embrace of torture
“YOU BET your ass I would”, Donald Trump said in November, addressing whether he might, if elected, bring back waterboarding, the interrogation technique used during the Bush administration in the early 2000s and abandoned, for its brutality and ineffectiveness, in 2009. Mr Trump declared he’d embrace waterboarding “in a heartbeat” because “it works”. The GOP presidential candidate then mused that the practice serves nicely as a punishment even if it fails to loosen suspects’ lips: “If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us”.
On February 6th, at the most recent Republican presidential debate, Mr Trump repeated his support for waterboarding and upped the ante on what George Bush’s advisers euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation” techniques 15 years ago. “They’re chopping off heads of Christians and many other people in the Middle East. They’re chopping heads off, they laugh at us when they hear we’re not going to approve waterboarding”, he noted. To wage the war on terror, Mr Trump said he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding”. He did not specify which additional methods of torture he would introduce to bolster American intelligence-gathering.
Eric Trump defended his father’s stance on Fox News this week. “You see these terrorists that are flying planes into buildings, right? You see our cities getting shot up in California. You see Paris getting shot up. And then somebody complains when a terrorist gets waterboarded, which quite frankly is no different than what happens on college campuses and frat houses every day.”
Read more: The Economist
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