Interviews with political campaigns took a dark turn today when Barry Bennett, senior advisor to the Trump campaign, joked about waterboarding Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over the former Secretary of State’s use of a private email server.
“It’s a real problem, that’s for sure,” Bennett said when asked if that was a threat from Trump at a rally Thursday night. “I mean, if this attorney general tries to block it, then, you know, special counsel should be appointed. I mean, it’s crazy. I mean, she has continued to lie about it, right? She told us the lawyers signed off on it, the inspector general said that’s not true. She said she would cooperate with all of the investigations, she stonewalled the [State Department Office of the Inspector General] and now everybody taking the Fifth.”
And just as Bolduan was about to ask Bennett another question, Bennett interrupted with this comment:
“You couldn’t get the truth from Hillary Clinton if you waterboarded her.”
“What?” Bolduan asked.
Bennett repeated himself saying “You couldn’t get the truth out of her with a waterboard.”
It was not pleasant to listen to an American talk about waterboarding a fellow American, even if the remark was said in jest. Apparently the Trump campaign finds waterboarding a joke.
As Americans have come to learn, waterboarding is considered an inhumane, illegal method of torture pursuant to the rules of the Geneva Convention. Yeah, well, we all know that Trump doesn’t pay attention to the rules, so it should come as no surprise his campaign apparently doesn’t care about that.
When a political campaign talks, even jokingly, about waterboarding its rival candidates, there’s a problem. Bennett’s comment, joke or not, got me thinking how lucky Donald Trump’s 16 former Republican rivals were to make it through the primary body in tact. Well, except for some battered egos and bruised careers.
A fan of waterboarding, Trump has said he would it bring back “and a hell of a lot worse” as a means to acquire intelligence from terror suspects.I agree wholeheartedly that Trump acquiring intelligence would be a good thing, since he seems to possess none of his own — but not by waterboarding .
The last thing America needs is some future President Trump waterboarding all of his personal foes.
Hell, the last thing America needs is a President Trump, period. It’s bad enough he’s been torturing us for months with his ignorant comments.
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