Donald Trump was booed at the CBS Republican debate for stating that George W. Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq and that he is responsible for 9/11.
Trump was asked about his previous comment that Bush should have been impeached for the war in Iraq. After trying to dodge the question with his I’m a businessman, and I get along with everybody song and dance, Trump said, “Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake. Now, you can take it any way you want…The war in Iraq we spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives. We don’t even have it. Iran is taking over Iraq with the second largest oil reserves in the world. Obviously, it was a mistake. George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes, but that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East.”
Trump was asked if he still thinks Bush should be impeached.
He answered, “You can do whatever you want. I want to tell you. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”
Jeb Bush jumped in and said that he was sick and tired of Obama blaming W. for all of his failures. Bush said that while Trump was building a reality TV empire, W. was building a security apparatus to keep America safe. Trump pointed out that 9/11 happened on W’s watch, which drew more boos. Marco Rubio blamed Bill Clinton for 9/11, and the crowd went wild.
The Republican audience turned on Trump for speaking the truth. When Donald Trump is the most realistic person in the room, it speaks volumes about the level of collective delusion within the Republican Party.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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