Trump On Waterboarding: "You Bet Your Ass I'd Approve It, Even If It Doesn't Work"

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Donald Trump has had an interesting couple of days. Late last week, in an interview with Yahoo News, the GOP frontrunner (who, you’re reminded, recently regained the lead in Iowa as voters support his hardline stance on immigration) indicated that he would not be opposed to creating a database for Muslims. He then suggested that special ID cards for Muslim Americans would not be out of the question in a Trump administration. 

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Trump has also said “some” mosques need to be monitored and, in a rather unnerving bit of foreshadowing, told the press that “we’re going to have to do some things that were unthinkable a year ago.” 

Of course this is Trump we’re talking about and true to his “teflon” reputation, nothing he says seems to hurt his poll numbers. In fact, after Ben Carson rolled back claims that he witnessed thousands of people in New Jersey celebrating as the twin towers fell in 2001, Trump not only refused to relinquish a similar claim, he actually doubled down on it, saying “I saw it on the news reels and I read about it on the internet” even as no one (and several organizations have tried) can find any footage to substantiate that assertion. 

Well, just one day after heckling an admittedly obnoxious Black Lives Matter activist who disrupted a campaign rally in Alabama, The Donald was back at it on Monday, this time weighing in on waterboarding. In a hilarious speech to a lively crowd in Columbus, Ohio, Trump confirmed that he would indeed support waterboarding of terror suspects and a whole lot more - even if the tactics don’t do anything to facilitate the war on terror. Here’s more from The Guardian:

Donald Trump touted the benefits of waterboarding in a campaign rally on Monday night, telling a crowd that “you bet your ass” he would bring it back into use.


Addressing thousands of people in Columbus, Ohio, the Republican frontrunner praised waterboarding, an interrogation method that has been called torture. “I would approve more than that,” he said.


Trump told supporters: “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works.”


The Republican frontrunner then added “… and if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us”.

Take a listen:

Yes, a Trump administration would torture people "even it doesn't work" because after all, they (and we wonder if Trump knows who "they" are getting weapons and money from) "chop off our young men's heads and put them on a stick."

Trump went on to talk a bit more about the anti-American, rooftop protests he "saw" in New Jersey on 9/11: 

Trump also doubled down on his unproven claim that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Trump insisted there were “tailgate-style celebrations” on rooftops in Jersey City, New Jersey,


The author of the newspaper article that Trump has cited for that claim said on Monday that he does not remember any evidence of those celebrations.

But that matters not. This is about never letting a good crisis go to waste when you're running a campaign for elected office.

As far as scoring political points, the Paris attacks were in many ways the best thing that could have happened to Donald Trump. He's "strong" on immigration, "tough" on terror, and quite adept at whipping voters into what amounts to a nationalist frenzy. 

Then again, when you look out at both the GOP and the Democratic field, there are no "good" choices, only less bad ones. At least Trump is outside of America's deeply entrenched and famously corrupt political aristocracy. 

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Bastiat's picture

Fucking loudmouth bully clown.

Newsboy's picture

Bye, bye, Donald.

You are now more wacko than Hillary.

HopefulCynical's picture

It's like watching a cartoon character run for President.

Th-th-th-that's all, folks!

InjectTheVenom's picture

>>>>  TRUMP 2016

>>>>  HITLERY 2016

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) Glasnost Nov 24, 2015 3:23 PM

Collapse as entertainment - the final American innovation.

Hopeful that next year debates a laughing track includes.

barndoor's picture

In all fairness, a Trump administration would do a lot of things that woundn't work....

Say What Again's picture

All of the candidates make promises that they simply will not be able to deliver on.  Most of the actions they promote will require Congressional approval, so their rhetoric is irrelevant.  The people running the debates should ask every candidate to explain how they will get Congress to approve their agenda.

bobola's picture

Waterboarding would be childs play compared to the popup ad torture here on ZH

Mr Poopra's picture

Ad blocker is free but I'd pay a handsome sum for such a pleasant browsing experience.

Try it out, you'll wonder wtf you were doing before.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Mr Poopra Nov 24, 2015 4:13 PM

Yep - Firefox with Ad Blocker Plus and FlashBlock.  What Ads/popups?  All I see is a white screen with text.

bania's picture

I predict in 50 years it will be illegal to name your child "Donald".

Citxmech's picture

It's almost like Trump got the message that it's time for his campaign to "blow-up" so the ordained candidate(s) can take-over. . .  

but it's not working.

So Trump keeps jumping the shark - intentionally.  Over and over again.

But it's still not working.


Kind of hilarious in a really weird scary way. 

JLee2027's picture

I like what he said about waterboarding. I don't consider it torture.

xyzcracker's picture

And those head chopper thingys

BKbroiler's picture

I'm voting for Trump because no one can bring the whole system crashing down faster than him.  And he seems to be an expert in bankruptcy, which we could use.

McMolotov's picture

I keep saying I think Bernie can bring it down faster, and he likely won't take us to war in the process. All the candidates are fairly unhinged, but Trump's megalomania is dangerous.

I know he has plenty of supporters on ZH, but sorry, folks... He's increasingly proving that he's the last one any of us should want with his finger on the button or in charge of the American police state, especially when everything goes to shit.

Troy Ounce's picture



Trump is perfect American President material. The ONLY thing that is missing is his brain. But hey, since when is that an issue?

barndoor's picture

The comb-over is there to hide the lobotomy scars.

barndoor's picture

Geeze - all the guy does is promise the pointless torture of the enemies of the state, and you get all serious and start making referrences to a police state.  

Take a chill pill...

greenskeeper carl's picture

I agree with you on Bernie. I'm not actually going to vote for any of these dickheads, but if you don't think we have another 8 years left without a massive economic calamity, might as well have an actual admitted socialist running things, rather than a closet one, a category id put most of the candidates on both sides in.

This continued trump support on here is getting ridiculous. He is a dangerous authoritarian. Don't see why so many can't see that. People keep forgetting that the "I would torture them even if they aren't guilty, even if it doesn't work" mantra can be used at home too. What happened to all the Ron Paul supporters who were around here during the last election cycle? Surely you guys aren't all letting trump con you like this.

beemasters's picture

"I'm voting for Trump " only if he promises to waterboard Yellen, Banksters, Bush, Cheney, Obama, Hillary, Rumsfeld, McCain, and all the amazing psychopaths of DC "for what they do to US" and the rest of the world.

August's picture

Hell, I'd vote for Trump if he only promised to waterboard McCain.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

He does have a lot of bankruptcy experience.

GhostOfDiogenes's picture
GhostOfDiogenes (not verified) BKbroiler Nov 24, 2015 5:00 PM

I disagree.
Hillary could help it to come crashing down faster than anyone else can.
Either way, a vote for office in a vote for tyranny.
I would go with Satan/Lucifer 2016.
There is no "lesser evil" then.

Bush Baby's picture

I think Trump gets bored and just livens things up a bit.

Bush Baby's picture

I think Trump gets bored and just livens things up a bit.

jay35's picture

Nobody picked up on the fact that he associates suspects with guilt. "They deserve it for what they did to us"? But if these are just suspects, they may not have done anything!

object_orient's picture

Why do you hate America?

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Don't know his problem but i hate us for our freedom

TruthHunter's picture


this is perfectly understandable coming from a real estate tycoon.

He was very traumatized by watching perfectly good buildings collapse in a heap of rubble.

1223pm's picture

Regardless of DT's loud mouth, It might actually work. Obama was the only anti war in DC and you see how he turned up to be.

ThanksChump's picture

Trump throws random crap out, then reacts to the applause reward with more of that behavior. He'll get even more outrageous going forward.


I don't have a problem with this, because it's pure, common, showmanship.


The problem is in "WHAT WILL HE REALLY DO IF ELECTED?" and not one person, including Trump, can answer that question. Trump is the wildcard.

Hal n back's picture

Look what we have had going for us--Clinton, Bush Obama--does 20 trilllion of debt occur overnight? Not really, it takes time to build a shaky foundation.

Any turnaround in sight on our economic situation? 

of course not. We all know the disconnects in the economic and financial reporting systems.


Things don't look so hot even with fudging of data.

TruthHunter's picture

Trump is the wildcard.

Not the Trump Card?

He's a Card alright...a Joker.

HopefulCynical's picture

>>> None Of The Above 2016

>>> Bankster Puppet X 2016

Never One Roach's picture

That does it with Trump; I'm sticking with Hillery.Even though her platform is:


Higher taxes ... yes.

More FSA handouts ... yes.

Bigger gubmint ... yes.

Moar war ... yes.

Moar middle class destruction ... yes.


... mmm ... well, on second thought, maybe The Donald isn't so bad after all.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

There is no choice. It has been Kang or Kodos for a long time. The only sensible action is laying waste to the parasitic vomitus existing in DC and dealing with the anarchy that ensues. Hopefully, the well armed and brave among us will be able to pick off the brutal psychopathic mass murders who smell advantage in the power vacuum.

Ok, that a tad dark but I've given up on Obi Wan Kenobi coming to the rescue.


Implied Violins's picture

You forgot 'caprophagic' vomitus. Otherwise, I'm soon picking up another personal defense weapon. I'm far from brave, but I'm not gonna die while sitting on my ass when the shtf.

boattrash's picture

Your wisdom has been missed around here Miffed.

GhostOfDiogenes's picture
GhostOfDiogenes (not verified) Miffed Microbiologist Nov 24, 2015 5:03 PM

I'm gunning for the lawyers.

They made all this "legal" with zero accountability.

CCanuck's picture

Hey Miffed, nice to read your optimistic point of view. ;-)
I've missed ya!
Keep posting!


Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Dear Ccanuck,

I had often fantasized ( had I not have been married) a wonderful Canadian man would fall in love with and marry me, taking me out of the United Shithole of America. However, Canada seems to have decided to take our lead and go full bore retard as well. Obviously there is no geographic solution to this problem.

Perhaps this is all a horrible dream? ( bangs her head furiously on the wall). Nope, I'm afraid we're stuck with the nightmare.

I miss you and everyone here too. Hopefully my life events will stay quiet so I can hang around for awhile.


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But it could win him the election.

Long hair pieces.