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Donald Trump Says He Wants To Torture People Even If It Doesn’t Help Anybody

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If ever there could be a warning sign placed behind a presidential candidate, flashing in neon light with the message “Do not elect me,” the appropriate time for that warning came last night, as Donald Trump took to the stage in Columbus, Ohio last night and shouted to the audience, “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that!”

“Even if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway,” Trump said, and the crowd cheered.

The only kind of person would choose to torture another human being, even if the torture had no positive effect to help somebody, by obtaining information or stopping a terrible event, is a sadist.

When Donald Trump tells us that he wants to torture people even if torture doesn’t work, he is telling us that he is a sadist. He gains pleasure out of inflicting pain.

What’s more, Trump is willing to inflict torture on people in a heartbeat.

In the United States of America, our Constitution explicitly forbids cruel and unusual punishment, but Donald Trump doesn’t seem to care about that. Even if torture is accepted as a legal form of punishment, how could anyone judge, in a heartbeat, who deserves to be punished?

Our Constitution that guarantees all people the right to due process before they are punished for any crime, no matter how heinous. Due process cannot be delivered in a heartbeat.

A person who is willing to shred our system of constitutional liberty in a heartbeat in order to indulge his hunger to inflict pain on other people, regardless of the consequences, is the last person who should ever be elected President of the United States.

7 thoughts on “Donald Trump Says He Wants To Torture People Even If It Doesn’t Help Anybody”

  1. Tom says:

    “Even if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway,” Trump said, and the crowd cheered.

    People CHEER this stuff? What a bunch of knuckle-dragging morons! Fine presidential candidate ya got there GOP!

  2. Charles Manning says:

    How is the mainstream media responding to this?

    1. Charles Manning says:

      Trump has been saying outrageous things since he started his campaign. Yet he receives admiring attention from the MSM, such as the recent interview by Barbara Walters, as well as ineffectual criticisms like those of George Stephanopoulos.

      I think the story of how the MSM is treating Trump’s claims is as big and important as the claims themselves.

  3. Leroy says:

    Wait a bit.

    The Trump apologists / supporters will soon be out in droves posting things to explain it away, justify it (justify sadism?), or try and change the subject.

    This is exactly the type of demagoguery that Hitler was famous for in his speeches. Appealing to the base fears and hatred of his supporters (ingroup) against anyone in the “outgroup” – in Hitler’s case, Jews, of course, but also Communists, Gypsies, Slavs, etcetera.

    Same game plan.

    Plus the apparent craziness of saying more and more fanatical things in order to stay in the news in order to get free campaign coverage.

  4. J Clare Peteet says:

    “A person who is willing to shred our system of constitutional liberty in a heartbeat in order to indulge his hunger to inflict pain on other people, regardless of the consequences, is the last person who should ever be elected President of the United States.”

    Yet, such a person is now living in the White House.

    1. J Clifford says:

      How about we try doing better, J. Clare, instead of saying that it’s okay for the Republicans to have a candidate who does wrong because the Democrats have a President who does wrong?

      Why don’t we look higher, instead of going down into the gutter with Trump?

  5. Tom says:

    It’s what we’ve VOTED FOR in the last (at least) 3 elections J Clare – no matter who attains the White House, we get the same neocon, hegemonic policy. After all, when you have the most expensive military in the world you don’t just leave them standing around idle. Bush/Cheney with their “enhanced” interrogation, to Obama’s “we tortured some folks” and drone warfare we’re the same sadistic, awful, ugly bullies that want to “rule the world” by being the self-imposed sheriff.

    So once again, next year, we’ll be asked to vote to continue this charade. Then people wonder why the turn-out rate is so low, when NO ONE should show up. This is what we vote for, whether we like it or not: war, the death of innocent people, and environmental ruin.

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