The morning after he called the Iraq War a huge misstep and argued that President George W. Bush lied to get the country into it, Donald Trump has earned praise from, of all places, Code Pink, the group best known for protesting the Iraq War and subsequent military interventions.
“I watched the debate last night and LOVED IT,” Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said in an email. “It felt surreal to hear Donald Trump, the leading Republican contender for President, saying what we at CODEPINK have been shouting to the winds for 14 years now: that Bush and his cronies lied about WMDs, that the Iraq war was catastrophic, and that Bush never ‘kept us safe’ because 9/11 happened on his watch.”
“A ‘big, fat mistake,’ indeed,” Benjamin continued. “Trump even talked bout the cost of war and how the trillions we wasted on war could have been used to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure — a theme we have been harping on all these years with a campaign called ‘bring our war dollars home.’ It was wild.”
Trump has not been shy about expressing his opposition to the Iraq War. In fact, he usually overstates it — fudging the dates that he started vocalizing his opposition to make it seem like he foretold how badly it would go. But during Saturday night’s debate, he took it a step further, directly accusing the Bush administration of concocting the case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction for the purposes of invading the country.
So was Trump lying then or is he lying now? Isn’t part of his populist appeal his straight talk, tell it how it is, unapologetic take-no-prisoners, never back down rhetoric? Yet he constantly reins in idiocy that earlier comes out of his mouth claiming what he said before is being misunderstood. Bull. A straight-up liar who will say what he thinks constituents want to hear. He has no core convictions. I thought voters hate politicians for making pie-crust promises they can’t deliver on; yet conservatives honestly have gotten behind him because of his snake-oil salesmanship on immigration and tough guy rhetoric? Good grief! Hell in a handbasket…..