December 12, 2015 by islandersvoice1
This development is not surprising, is disgusting, but provides further evidence that Trump is unelectable. Please comment as to whether or not Democrats should be pleased that he continues on this course of destruction for himself and the Republican Party. Or if he does continue and inevitably fails in his election bid, will he still be doing irreperable harm to our country’s fight against ISIS and our standing in the world?
How did this vile statement by Donald Trump fly so far under the radar?
By Angry White Democrat, Daily Kos, Dec 17, 2015
I know, I know. You’ve heard enough from Donald Trump to last a lifetime. If you never hear another word out of this man’s mouth, it’ll be too soon. Believe me, I agree with you. But it’s important that we keep listening to what this man is saying, and that we keep calling it out for what it is: hateful, vicious, vile rhetoric that is morally reprehensible and has no place in American political discourse. We cannot allow it to pass unchallenged.
Case in point. Donald Trump has spoken several times about how he would bring back waterboarding if elected president. However, at an Ohio rally last month, he went much further than merely endorsing waterboarding.
“Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would — in a heartbeat,” Trump said to loud cheers during a rally at a convention center here Monday night that attracted thousands. “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.”
“More than that.” Not only is Trump saying that he would bring back waterboarding (to the cheers of his supporters, mind you), he’s also saying he’d approve “more than that.” He wasn’t specific about what other kinds of torture he’d institute, but one doesn’t need a very active imagination for that statement to scare the crap out of them.
And then, as if that wasn’t enough, he went on (emphasis mine):
“It works,” Trump said over and over again. “Believe me, it works. And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing. It works.”
So not only is Trump saying that he’ll bring back waterboarding, not only is he saying he’ll institute other methods of torture if elected, he’s also saying that he doesn’t even care if it yields any useful information because the people being tortured deserve to be tortured.
Those are the words of a sadist, pure and simple. This is a man who looks forward to inflicting pain and suffering on others because he believes they deserve it. And he boldly admits this, to the cheers of his supporters.
And what’s also very disturbing to me is that this has largely flown under the media radar. There were a few pieces about it, and it was mentioned here on DKos, but it doesn’t seem that many people heard about it, or that any other candidates commented upon it. His plan to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States got a lot of coverage and (deserved) criticism, but in my view this is actually worse. In my view, this is now exhibit A for why this man should not be President of the United States.
I don’t post many diaries here (my last one was in 2008), but this is important enough that I felt I should try to bring more people’s attention to it. So please, don’t let this fall down the memory hole. Anytime you see a Trump supporter extolling his virtues on Facebook or wherever, show them this statement. There’s video if they’re the type that likes to complain about the librul media. Show them this statement, and don’t let them weasel away from it. Make them confront it, head-on, and say whether or not they agree with Donald Trump that we should torture people for no other reason than that they supposedly deserve it. Make them say whether or not they think a man who believes this should be president.
We need to call out this way of thinking and this hateful, vile rhetoric to our last breath. And we need to do our part to make sure that every single Republican politician is forced to address this as well. Because as it stands, it seems as though a disturbingly large portion of their party supports it. And that, too, needs to be called out