Trump Speaks The Dirty Republican Belief: We Need More War Crimes
It was an astonishingly ugly thing to say, even by the low, low standards of Donald Trump. At a campaign rally yesterday afternoon, Trump told his supporters that America needs to stop obeying international laws prohibiting battlefield atrocities.
Trump declared to the crowd, “The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight!”
The crowd applauded in response.
The Geneva Conventions:
– Ban torture
– Prohibit inhumane treatment of prisoners of war
– Outlaw violence against civilians
The Geneva Conventions have saved huge numbers of lives, and reduced the number of atrocities during wartime. Donald Trump, however, doesn’t think that’s important. He lumps the Geneva Conventions into the category of Big Government regulation.
If Donald Trump wouldn’t observe the Geneva Conventions as President of the United States, would he allow any moral or legal standards to restrain his pursuit of power?
To be fair, Donald Trump isn’t the first prominent Republican politician to express disdain for the Geneva Conventions. George W. Bush unilaterally declared that certain territories, and certain categories of warfare, can’t be regulated by the Geneva Conventions. Bush set up brutal prison systems, such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, where torture against prisoners was encouraged.
So, Donald Trump’s declaration that the Geneva Conventions are a problem, rather than an achievement that should be expanded upon, isn’t just an indication of his poor individual moral character. It’s just the latest indication of widespread depravity throughout the Republican Party, from top to bottom.