Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been categorized by controversial and divisive remarks that produce either cult-like support or terrified opposition with little middle ground. Perhaps one of the most controversial stances Trump has taken along the campaign trail has been in regard to torture procedures for suspected terrorists. In countless interviews and debates, Trump has said time and time again that he would have no problem attacking the families of terrorists and that he would like to enforce torture methods that extend beyond the scope of waterboarding. While some expected Trump to back away from this hardline approach in favor of securing more moderate votes, Trump made it clear this weekend that that would not be the case.
Trump told John Dickerson in a preview of his Face the Nation interview that he would like to strengthen America’s torture policies, if he is elected president. “We have an enemy that doesn’t play by the laws,” he explained. “I would like to strengthen the laws so that we can better compete.” By “strengthen the laws,” Trump means he would like to enforce methods of torture that are far more formidable than those currently practiced today. Specifically, Trump has said that waterboarding is not severe enough.
Dickerson pushed back against Trump on the matter, asking if it is reasonable to lower ourselves to the same level as the “savages.” Trump responded that “we have to beat the savages,” implying that the only way to do so would be to behave in a more animalistic fashion than they do.
What do you think about Trump sticking to his torture proposals? Will this be good or bad for his candidacy?