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Donald Trump On Waterboarding Torture: 'Even If It Doesn't Work, They Deserve It' (Video)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump advocating using waterboarding, a form of torture, during a cheering rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 23 (video below).

Trump recalled atrocities by terrorists, and added, “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I'd approve. You bet your ass, in a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works,” notes The Guardian.

However, experts from U.S. military and intelligence agencies have repeatedly said that waterboarding doesn't work, noted Washington's Blog in 2011, a fact Trump seemed to admit in the same speech.

"And if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us," Trump added.

The International Red Cross told The Wall Street Journal in 2014 that waterboarding is torture and violates the Geneva Conventions. A Japanese soldier was tried for war crimes in 1947 for waterboarding a U.S. citizen, reported NPR in 2014.

Additionally, a U.S. soldier was court-martialed in 1968 after waterboarding a North Vietnamese soldier.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in 2011, "Waterboarding is torture," according to CBS News. The Bush administration began secretly waterboarding terrorist suspects in 2002, but stopped in 2006 after the practice was exposed and condemned.

Trump also repeated the debunked myth that Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, held “tailgate-style celebrations” for the 9/11 attacks. “I saw it on television and I read about it on the internet,” he said.

On Nov. 22, Trump's campaign tweeted an article by The Washington Post from Sept. 18, 2001, that said: 

"In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners' plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river."

However, Serge Kovaleski, one of the journalists behind that report, told The Daily Beast on Nov. 23 via email:

"We did a lot of shoe leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory. But I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember."

Sources: The Guardian, Washington's Blog, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CBS News, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: The Guardian Screenshot

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