Donald Trump’s ugly, insensitive, response to the terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium, is even worse than what you would expect.
While discussing the attack in Brussels on the Today show, the Republican presidential front-runner unabashedly called for the legalization of torture — specifically, waterboarding. Trump also promised that, if elected, waterboarding would be just the beginning.
“If we change the laws or have the laws, waterboarding would be fine,” Trump said to host Matt Lauer. “If they could expand the laws I would do a lot more than waterboarding.” Trump made the comments when asked how he would handle the interrogation of Salah Abdeslam, a conspirator in the Paris terror attacks who was recently captured by authorities, also in Brussels, on March 18.
Waterboarding, which is also defined as “controlled drowning” and “water torture” by Encyclopedia Britannica, is the practice of strapping an interrogation suspect to a board, turning him or her upside-down, holding a cloth tightly over their face, and pouring water over the cloth, making it impossible for that person to breathe without inhaling water. In 2008, the United Nations said any member nation that used waterboarding during interrogations should be prosecuted for torture.
When pressed by Matt Lauer, Trump doubled down on his former claims, insisting that Belgian police should turn Abdeslam over to the military for enhanced interrogation. In true Trump fashion, the Republican front-runner referred to Belgium as a “city.”
“Let the military take him over, they have to get their act together,” Trump said. “Belgium is no longer Belgium. Belgium is not the Belgium that you and I knew, Matt, from 20 years ago, which was one of the most beautiful cities and one of the safest cities in the world. Belgium is a horror show right now.”
When host Matt Lauer pointed out that the Belgian justice system is handling Abdeslam, Trump went on to say he believed Abdeslam should be turned over to military custody by Belgian police.
“That’s okay, I mean he’s being held by whoever. Let the military take him over, they have to get their act together,” Trump said. He continued to bash Belgium. “Belgium is no longer Belgium. Belgium is not the Belgium that you and I knew, Matt, from 20 years ago, which was one of the most beautiful cities and one of the safest cities in the world. Belgium is a horror show right now.”