VoteVets slams Trump's renewed call for U.S. torture

"Today, Trump put us in more danger."

WASHINGTON - Saying the US needs to "fight fire with fire," when it comes to terrorism, Donald Trump renewed his call for the US to torture people.  In a speech in Ohio, Trump asked the crowd, "What do you think of waterboarding?"  Trump then said, "I like it a lot.  I don't think it's tough enough."

The largest progressive veterans group in America, VoteVets.org, was quick to denounce Trump.

“I cannot think of anyone happier to hear Donald Trump’s renewed call to use torture, today, than ISIS,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.  “ISIS and other terrorists recruit very successfully off statements like those.  They recruit very successfully off statements like Trump’s proposed ban on all Muslims entering the United States.  Today, Donald Trump just made the world a more dangerous place, and helped ISIS radicalize more terrorists who will now attack us.  Today, he put us in more danger.”

"Further, for Trump to imply that he will order our troops to torture, is saying he will issue illegal orders, against the Geneva Conventions," Soltz added.  "Our commanders cannot relay illegal orders, and our troops would be well within their right to refuse such orders.  In fact, they would be compelled to.  For the first time in history, you would have a military that refuses the orders of the Commander in Chief, creating a Constitutional crisis between our civilian leadership and our military." 

“Today, Donald Trump just gave more evidence that he does not have the steadiness, temperament, or even basic knowledge to be Commander in Chief,” Soltz concluded. 

Founded in 2006, and backed by over 400,000 supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org Action Fund is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.   

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