Trump Sides with Liberals: Bush Should Have Been Impeached

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In his quest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, Donald Trump has changed his positions on a number of hot-button issues. He was once for legalizing drugs, for example, now he’s not. He once said he was “very pro-choice,” now he says he is pro-life. He supported background checks for gun buyers and a ban on assault weapons, now he says he’s a Second Amendment guy all the way. He once favored universal healthcare, now he toes the GOP line: He’ll repeal Obamacare but has no plan to replace it.

Based on an exchange at the Republican presidential debate in South Carolina last night, on one issue, at least, Trump still agrees with liberals. In fact, on this issue he’s to the left of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Obama.

Trump still believes George W. Bush should have been impeached.

Here’s what he said — and note the booing from Republican voters in the crowd:

Debate Moderator JOHN DICKERSON: In 2008, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, talking about President George W. Bush’s conduct of the war, you said you were surprised that Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi didn’t try to impeach him.

You said, quote: “which personally I think would have been a wonderful thing.” When you were asked what you meant by that and you said: “For the war, for the war, he lied, he got us into the war with lies.” Do you still believe President Bush should have been impeached.

TRUMP: First of all, I have to say, as a businessman I get along with everybody. I have business all over the world.

(BOOING)

TRUMP: I know so many of the people in the audience. And by the way, I’m a self-funder. I don’t have — I have my wife and I have my son. That’s all I have. I don’t have this.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP: So let me just tell you, I get along with everybody, which is my obligation to my company, to myself, et cetera.

Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake. All right? Now, you can take it any way you want, and it took — it took Jeb Bush, if you remember at the beginning of his announcement, when he announced for president, it took him five days.

He went back, it was a mistake, it wasn’t a mistake. It took him five days before his people told him what to say, and he ultimately said, “it was a mistake.” The war in Iraq, we spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, we don’t even have it. Iran has taken over Iraq with the second-largest oil reserves in the world.

Obviously, it was a mistake.

DICKERSON: So…

TRUMP: 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.

DICKERSON: But so I’m going to — so you still think he should be impeached?

JEB BUSH: I think it’s my turn, isn’t it?

TRUMP: You do whatever you want. You call it 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.

(BOOING)

Trump advocated impeaching Pres. Bush on CNN in October 2008, not long after Speaker Pelosi took impeaching Bush “off the table.”

“I was surprised that she didn’t do more in terms of Bush and going after Bush,” Trump said. “It was almost – it just seemed like she was going to really look to impeach Bush and get him out of office, which personally I think would have been a wonderful thing.”

Pressed why he feels Bush deserved the punishment faced by only two other commanders-in-chief, Trump said the president misled the country in the run-up to the Iraq war, and that his actions were considerably more objectionable than those which led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

“He lied. He got us into the war with lies,” Trump said. And I mean – look at the trouble Bill Clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant. And they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. And yet Bush got us into this horrible war with lies, by lying, by saying they had weapons of mass destruction, by saying all sorts of things that turned out not to be true.”

In the For What It’s Worth Dept., it is not too late to impeach Bush. Officials can be impeached even after they’ve left office. Republicans have a record of impeaching Pres. Clinton over a sex lie, but would never consider impeaching one of their own because his lies and/or incompetence led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people, including 4,000 U.S. servicemembers, and a cost to future generations of trillions of dollars.

Given Republican control of Congress, a political trial — which is what impeachments are — is feasible, though certainly unlikely.

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