Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s double talk about the Iraq war are quite easily disproved if one bothers to look at Trump’s own statements. For years Trump has lauded the Iraq war and said that he had been against the invasion from the very beginning. To prove his metal Trump points towards an article in Esquire which was published in 2004 where he did indeed say he was against the war in Iraq. However, the war in Iraq began in 2003, not 2004. There is much more to the puzzle, and Esquire has even added an editor’s note to their article which says:
The following story was published in the August 2004 issue of Esquire. During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have been against the Iraq War from the beginning, and he has cited this story as proof. The Iraq War began in March 2003, more than a year before this story ran, thus nullifying Trump’s timeline
On the other hand, Trump did indeed make statements about Iraq before the invasion ever occurred. While being interviewed on the Howard Stern Show in 2002 Trump was asked by Stern, “Are you for invading Iraq?” Trump quickly replied, “Yeah, I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
All of this information is easily and readily available to the public. To find the information all one is required to do is look it up, which takes seconds. Trump is banking on the public being too lazy to take the necessary steps to find out if he is telling the truth or not. Because, as Trump said in a different speech less than a month ago, “I’ll never lie to you.” Right.