During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that, if elected President, he would reinstate the use of torture against prisoners. Unlike his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, who played coy about whether the US government was engaging in torture, Trump was explicit that he was advocating torture. “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that!”
Many people thought that it was all just a lot of bluster. They assured us that, once Trump became President, his outrageous advocacy of torture would fade away, to be replaced by more reasonable policy discussions.
They were wrong. Donald Trump is now President, and yet, his zealous push to commit acts of torture continues.
Last night, in a nationally-televised interview, when Donald Trump was asked about torture, he declared, “Do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works.”
This week, the Trump White House has been sending members of Congress a draft executive order that would create a network of secret torture prisons in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Putting people in prison without due process is a violation of the Constitution.
Torture is in violation of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. It is also violation of federal law.
Torture isn’t just distasteful. It is a crime.
The President of the United States is openly planning to commit a high crime. It’s an impeachable offense.
When is Congress going to stand up and do something about this?
The Republicans control Congress. They’re just going to sit down and let it happen.
The U.S. federal government has been transformed into a criminal gang.
Do Trump voters feel no shame about this?