Donald Trump released a statement today reversing his view that the United States military should target and kill innocent women and children who are suspected of being related to terrorists. When pressed on how he would get military commanders to carry out unlawful orders, Trump said he would force them to obey what he says. That was what he said in last night’s infamous debate.
Today, he has released a statement taking the opposite position:
I feel very, very strongly about the need to attack and kill those terrorists who attack and kill our people. I know people who died on 9/11. I will never forget those events. I will use every legal power that I have to stop these terrorist enemies. I do, however, understand that the United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters. I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as President I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.
I guess Trump thinks after months of advocating war crimes, it’s all okay now because of this statement. This is absurd. This is a man who will say or do anything to get elected. He has no core priniciples or discernable political philosophy. He has proven himself to be a pathological liar. And it is asinine to think that he can erase months of war crime advocacy with a press release.
I think most sane people will understand that he has already disqualified himself. And there are no amount of press releases that can expunge his racist, war-mongering demogoguery.