During a rally in Indiana on April 20, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated his support for waterboarding as a method of interrogation for terror suspects.
“I love it,” Trump proclaimed when speaking of a debate question about the controversial practice, reports MSNBC.
“During one of the debates, they asked Lyin’ Ted [Cruz] about waterboarding,” Trump said of his GOP rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “And he didn’t want to get involved because he was afraid it wasn’t politically correct. And he gave a nothing answer.”
Trump then recalled his answer to the same question.
“They asked me, ‘What do you think about waterboarding, Mr. Trump?’” he said. “I said, ‘I love it. I love it. I think it’s great.’ And I said, ‘the only thing is we should make it much tougher than waterboarding.’ And if you don’t think it works, folks, you’re wrong.”
Trump acknowledged there were “laws” to abide by, and promised to strengthen those laws to make the country “tougher.”
“They can chop off heads,” he said, referring to ISIS. “They can put people in steel cages and drop them in the water and pull them up an hour later, and we can’t waterboard. How stupid are we? How stupid are we?”
He added, “And we have a huge problem with ISIS, which we can’t beat, and the reason we can’t beat them is we won’t use strong tactics, whether it’s this or other things.”
Trump has taken a firm stance on waterboarding for most of his presidential campaign, recently criticizing CIA Director John Brennan for banning it, along with other enhanced interrogation techniques.
“I think his comments are ridiculous,” Trump said on Fox News on April 11, USA Today reported.