Politics

Donald Trump's Son Thinks Waterboarding Is Cool

February 11th 2016

By:
Alex Mierjeski

By now, you've probably heard about Republican candidate Donald Trump's inflammatory stance on waterboarding, the so-called "advanced interrogation tactic" which simulates drowning. Trump's approval of this banned form of torture apparently runs in the family.

Eric Trump, one of the candidate's two sons, went on Fox News recently to defend his father's comments on using the technique. The businessman's son, in an interesting take on the issue, wondered on air why people were concerned with terrorists being waterboarded when it likely happens at college fraternities on a regular basis.

Eric Trump

"You see these terrorists that are flying planes into buildings, you see our cities getting shot up in California, you see Paris getting shot up, and then somebody complains when a terrorist gets waterboarded, which quite frankly is no different than what happens on college campuses in frat houses everyday," Trump claimed.

"The man would keep this country safe, there's no question about it," he said of his father's national security plan.

At last weekend's GOP debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, the businessman turned GOP frontrunner said he would reinstate waterboarding and "bring back a hell of a lot worse" in order to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State, though he did not specify what other measures he would pursue.

The following night, Trump went on CNN's "State of the Union" to back up his claim, saying he would "go through a process" to remove waterboarding from its classification as a war crime.

"I'd go through a process and get it declassified frankly... certainly waterboarding at a minimum," he added.

Watch the interview below.