Donald Trump responds to criticism over his statement in Saturday night’s debate that he would bring back “a hell of a lot worse” than waterboarding if he becomes president.
CHUCK TODD: Okay. What’s the worse?
DONALD TRUMP: Well you didn’t see what I said before that. What I said before that was in the Middle East you have people chopping off other people’s heads. This hasn’t happened since Medieval times. There’s never been anything like this. And I talked about that. And then I said, “And by the way, waterboarding is peanuts compared to what we’re talking about happening there.” So I said, “I would absolutely approve waterboarding and I’d go a lot further than waterboarding.”
CHUCK TODD: What does that mean? What is a lot further? I mean–
DONALD TRUMP: I’m not going to define it to you on this program. But I would be very much in favor of going beyond waterboarding. And believe me, in terms of getting information, it works.
CHUCK TODD: Don’t you worry though, that look — we’re the United States. We set an example. We’re supposed to be better than that. We’re supposed to be — as much as — look, look at the Medieval, we don’t do those things.
DONALD TRUMP: It’s like Medieval times over there.
CHUCK TODD: We don’t want to be barbaric. They want to be barbaric. We’re not barbaric.
DONALD TRUMP: OK. They can do it, but we can’t. Look, when they fly planes into the World Trade Center, kill thousands of people and many many other things, you see what’s happening all over the world — whether it’s Paris or here or anywhere else — you can do waterboarding and you can go a step beyond waterboarding. It wouldn’t bother me even a little bit. …read more