It isn’t surprising that Donald Trump is an unhinged anti-war liberal with a passion for conspiracy theories. That’s been obvious for months. Saturday night, however, Trump the 9/11 Truther, made his first appearance on a debate stage. As a result of what Mr. Trump said, Medea Benjamin praised Mr. Trump, saying “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.”

This is a time for choosing for the so-called Republicans who support Trump. These Republicans can’t pretend that they’re patriots. They can’t pretend that they care about protecting the nation from terrorist attacks. They can’t tell us that they support Mr. Trump because they hate political correctness. They can’t even hide behind the fallacy that they support Mr. Trump because “he gets things done.”

The indisputable truth is that the thing bigger than Mr. Trump’s ego is the paranoia that fuels his truther beliefs. Here’s something Mr. Trump said that isn’t getting talked about enough:

TRUMP: How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center — the World — excuse me. I lost hundreds of friends. The World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush. He kept us safe? That is not safe. That is not safe, Marco. That is not safe.
RUBIO: The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him. (APPLAUSE)
TRUMP: And George Bush– by the way, George Bush had the chance, also, and he didn’t listen to the advice of his CIA.

Mr. Trump couldn’t know that President Bush got information from the CIA on bin Laden, much less know whether President Bush refused to act on that intelligence. We know that it’s impossible for Mr. Trump to know this because that’s the type of intelligence that would get an SAP classification. We know that because of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Trump’s supporters need to ask themselves whether they’re supporting him because they thought he was a patriot who would change this nation’s direction or did they support Mr. Trump because they thought he was a liberal anti-war activist that’s praised by far left organizations like Code Pink? Five minutes into this video, Carl Higbie, a former Navy Seal, insists that ISIS will be gone within 2 years:

HIGBIE: I think we see ISIS gone within 2 years. We put 250,000 boots on the ground. I know people that that’s not a popular comment but we do what’s necessary. We set the threshold. We say ‘if you do this, we’ll do this’. You follow through.

Apparently, Mr. Higbie isn’t well-informed. All he has to do is watch this video to be better informed:

Mr. Higbie can forget about a Trump administration that will put 250,000 boots on the ground to defeat ISIS. Trump has repeatedly said that he’d farm US national security out to Putin. Trump said repeatedly that he wants Putin to take out ISIS. Though you can’t trust anything Mr. Trump says from one day to the next, there’s no question that he’s repeatedly said that he wants Putin to do our dirty work with regards to ISIS.

Anyone that supports a presidential candidate that sounds like an anti-war CODE PINK activist one minute, then says he’d get Vladimir Putin to take out ISIS isn’t thinking straight.

5 Responses to “Code Pink praises Trump; what’s next?”

  • eric z says:

    Unpatriotic if supporting Trump?

    This is the Madeline Albright statement of patriotism.

    Agree with me or hands off my flag, mine to wave, go away?

  • JerryE9 says:

    Wait a minute… Donald Trump “lost hundreds of friends”? How many does he have left??

  • Gary Gross says:

    I knew someone would play that card. It’s predictable but inapplicable. Madeline Albright’s statement was a statement that supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. It wasn’t tethered to longstanding principles that the Democratic Party has stood for.

    My statement was about whether the Republican Party would continue to stand for a strong national defense, whether a Republican president should farm out US national security to other nations and whether we wanted to sound like a fringe liberal anti-war organization. In short, I spoke about core principles of the GOP.

    Ms. Albright wasn’t speaking about core principles of the Democratic Party. That’s the major difference.

  • eric z says:

    Gary, don’t be cavalier bandying about the word “patriotism” when you disagree with a stance.

    There is no cause for that extremism in civil discourse.

    Question judgment, not basic loyalty. Come on, Gary.

    NEXT: Which GOP candidate, Gary, I may have missed it, is saying “Put 250,000 pairs of boots on the ground?” If having to guess one, Rubio, yes, no?

    Or is this some stuff from a FOX talking head, and only that. Lots of body bags, you do that. The body bag manufacturers might support it, but the people?

    I’d bet not.

  • Gary Gross says:

    A high-level Trump supporter thinks Trump will send in 250,000 ground troops. I know Trump won’t. That’s my point. Trump’s supporters are believing all kinds of things about him because they’re blinded by Trump’s cult of personality.

    Here’s the point that Trump doesn’t dare utter: Had Obama successfully negotiated a status of forces agreement with Iraq, ISIS couldn’t have grabbed the cities it grabbed. Instead, Obama put a higher priority on ending the war than he put on preventing terrorist attacks. Trump is blaming Bush for Obama’s stupidity. It’s that simple.

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