Just before last night’s GOP Town Hall BuzzFeed broke news that they’d unearthed audio from a 2002 interview between Howard Stern and Donald Trump, and in that audio Republican Presidential Candidate and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says he supported the invasion of Iraq. This of course is in direct conflict with what Donald Trump‘s been saying on the campaign trail, as he’s often thrown his fellow candidates under the bus (most notably Jeb Bush) for rushing into Iraq. Now everyone is making A MASSIVE, HUGE, BIG, GIGANTIC deal out of this because Trump has dug himself into a trench with his ‘I never supported the invasion of Iraq’ stance, but after you listen to the audio below meet me on the other side and we can discuss how almost everyone in the United States supported the invasion of Iraq back then.
In the interview, which took place on Sept. 11, 2002, Stern asked Trump directly if he was for invading Iraq.
“Yeah I guess so,” Trump responded. “I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he was against the Iraq War before it began, despite no evidence of him publicly stating this position. On Meet the Press, Trump said there weren’t many articles about his opposition because he wasn’t a politician at the time.
“Well, I did it in 2003, I said it before that,” Trump said of his opposition to invading Iraq. “Don’t forget, I wasn’t a politician. So people didn’t write everything I said. I was a businessperson. I was, as they say, a world-class businessperson. I built a great company, I employed thousands of people. So I’m not a politician. But if you look at 2003, there are articles. If you look in 2004, there are articles.”
Trump’s right about one thing here, he wasn’t a politician back in 2003 or 2002. He didn’t officially become a politician until a few weeks ago when he won his first GOP Primary, that’s the moment that Donald J. Trump officially became a politician. However, none of that has any bearing on whether or not he lied. It is now obvious that Trump’s been lying about his stance on the invasion of Iraq, but WTF does it even matter?
1) EVERY SINGLE POLITICIAN IN THE WORLD TELLS LIES. This is part of the job. Even if the lies aren’t intentional politicians are lying because they make promises they cannot deliver, Donald Trump is not alone in this.
2) THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORTED THE INVASION OF IRAQ. Sure, after the invasion when all of the facts began to come out about there being no weapons of mass destruction most Americans flipped their stance on the invasion, but when we went into Iraq our nation was blood thirsty. Donald Trump’s a New Yorker, he felt the World Trade Center 9/11 attacks as intimately as anyone. You could feel the electricity in the air of the want/need for action on behalf of the American Government. Unfortunately we were misguided in going into Iraq, but you can’t fault the man for sticking with the zeitgeist.
I have yet to meet a single American who didn’t, at the time, support some measure of action from the U.S. Military. If anything this makes Trump more genuine to me…Assuming he addresses this interview head on instead of dipping and dodging from the question like he did last night in this footage from Gawker:
So I guess I’m not saying much here other than, in my humble opinion, this just humanizes Donald Trump more.