I was forced, against my will, to watch the GOP debate last night. I’m over the whole thing, frankly. Same insults, same platitudes, same canned speeches… I know what the candidates stand for, and I’m sick and tired of hearing them repeat themselves. But Rob wanted to watch, and Scandal wasn’t on, so…
Last night’s debate featured a couple of firsts.
I’m pretty sure no presidential candidate in history has ever referenced his dick during a televised debate. Until last night…
I’m pretty sure the Hairy Hemorrhoid™ never actually admitted to flip-flopping, until last night, that is. Kudos to Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace for not letting him get away with his usual bucket of porcupine dung, and following up with tough questions and video of his flip-floppery, which made him stammer and stutter, and finally admit to… uh… evolving on the issues.
I’m fairly sure his frothing supporters, who previously yelled and screamed about the evolution of President Obama’s views on gay marriage, will give the Hairy Hemorrhoid™ a pass on his waffling, because MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! And PENIS! Or something…
All joking aside, there is something serious that happened at the debate last night that we need to discuss. I’m going to quote the debate transcript here, because it’s critical that readers understand exactly how dangerous and incompetent, as well as deluded about his own power and authority Trump is.
BAIER: Mr. Trump, just yesterday, almost 100 foreign policy experts signed on to an open letter refusing to support you, saying your embracing expansive use of torture is inexcusable. General Michael Hayden, former CIA director, NSA director, and other experts have said that when you asked the U.S. military to carry out some of your campaign promises, specifically targeting terrorists’ families, and also the use of interrogation methods more extreme than waterboarding, the military will refuse because they’ve been trained to turn down and refuse illegal orders.
So what would you do, as commander-in-chief, if the U.S. military refused to carry out those orders?
TRUMP: They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me. Believe me.
BAIER: But they’re illegal.
TRUMP: And — and — and — I’m a leader. I’m a leader. I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it. That’s what leadership is all about.
BAIER: Even targeting terrorists’ families?
TRUMP: Well, look, you know, when a family flies into the World Trade Center, a man flies into the World Trade Center, and his family gets sent back to where they were going — and I think most of you know where they went — and, by the way, it wasn’t Iraq — but they went back to a certain territory, they knew what was happening. The wife knew exactly what was happening.
They left two days early, with respect to the World Trade Center, and they went back to where they went, and they watched their husband on television flying into the World Trade Center, flying into the Pentagon, and probably trying to fly into the White House, except we had some very, very brave souls on that third plane. All right?
This is sick, deranged, and misinformed. This is a person who is vying for the most important political position in the world, who wants to be the Commander-in-Chief of our military, and who unequivocally told the audience in a nationally televised debate that the military will follow his UNLAWFUL orders, because he’s such a great leader!And no, targeting civilians, even if they’re related to terrorists, is not a lawful order.
It is an order that is very much illegal, considering possibly having knowledge of a terrorist act is not an offense punishable by death in any civilized country.
And it is an order members of the military will not follow.
The UCMJ states very specifically that members of the military must follow lawful orders.
I remember very clearly sitting in the bay in Basic Training and discussing lawful versus unlawful orders. I remember the Drill Sergeants specifically telling us that not only must we refuse to obey an unlawful order, but we could be legally prosecuted for doing so! I would say murdering civilians kind of qualifies.
The “I was only following orders” defense didn’t work for Nazi assholes, and they won’t work in this country either.
He can bloviate all he wants, but the vast majority of service members will give him the finger when instructed to kill civilians just for the fuck of it.
My friend and fellow veteran Danielle has more.
The targeting of civilians is a no-no Mr. Trump. Your blustering about what you would command our military to do, will not translate into actionable orders. You cannot walk around and command Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and our Coast Guard, to willfully kill the family members of terrorists. You may think it sounds good with your followers, but IT IS NOT! You would be putting the morals of our military in jeopardy with this type of showing off for the cameras.
Our military members are a proud and honorable group of men and women! Men and women who are willing to give their all! We are not a bunch of mindless drones, that cannot think for ourselves! If you are elected to the presidency, you will have a moral obligation to protect their integrity, the code of conduct, and their moral compass!
I don’t think Trump actually understands the concept of integrity and doesn’t have much of a moral compass, but I get why Danielle is pissed.
The military is not a bunch of weapons Trump’s agenda.
They do not exist to prop up Trump’s situational ignorance.
Any contention that they would simply shut up and follow unlawful and downright savage orders is offensive to every honorable troop who has fought and died to protect and defend the United States.
Fuck you, Hemorrhoid. It ain’t happening!
UPDATE: Apparently, the backlash was a bit much.