During the presidential campaign between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and now President-elect Donald Trump the two had stark disagreements on numerous foreign policy areas, including the use of torture as an interrogation method for alleged terrorist suspects. Trump said during a presidential rally that he would bring back waterboarding:
Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would — in a heartbeat. And I would approve more than that. Don’t kid yourself, folks. It works, okay? It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work. Believe me, it works. And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing. It works.
Now that Trump is slated to assume office in less than two months the question buzzing around the nation is if he will actually follow through with his campaign promises, or if he will waffle and turn away from torture. Trump’s second in command, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, was making the rounds on network television shows to discuss his party’s shattering victory on election day. The appearance by Pence marked his first television interviews since the election.
While a guest on CBS’s “Face The Nation” the host, John Dickerson, quizzed Pence about Trump’s plans to torture terrorist suspects. Pence was unmoved by the question and responded calmly, “What I can tell you is that going forward, as he outlined in that famous speech in Ohio, is that a President Donald Trump is going to focus on confronting and defeating radical Islamic terrorism as a threat to this country.We’re going to have a president again who will never say what we’ll never do.”
One will have to look elsewhere than Trump’s team if they are seeking to locate a sympathetic ear to stand against torture. Trump appears to have his heart set on using banned methods to force individuals to talk about what they have been doing. He even said that he does not mind if the individuals are innocent, because they deserve it! This is a dark and ominous sign for all Americans, as it proves Trump has no qualms about inflicting pain and misery on innocent people.
Due process in America will soon take a back seat to the poison of violence and power. There is nothing that can be done to prevent Trump from using torture either, particularly if he makes members of the U.S. Armed Forces comply with his commands. Trump is going to be the Commander and Chief of each branch of the military, where has the unilateral power to issue whatever commands he likes, without having to answer to a single person about his decision making. The next four years will certainly be angst filled for all Americans who now must sit and wonder what will happen to them if they ever cross paths with Trump’s gang of violence.
Watch Pence’s interview below:
Will Trump allow waterboarding? "We're going to have a president who will never say what we'll never do," says Gov. Mike Pence. pic.twitter.com/GuFaQPXM8q
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 20, 2016