Trump Wants To Bring Back Waterboarding To Find ‘Trojan Horse’ Refugee (VIDEO)

Republican presidential primary frontrunner Donald Trump said that he will bring back enhanced interrogation techniques, such as water boarding, in order to find the possible “Trojan horse” Syrian refugee who is really an operative of the Islamic State. Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday:

“When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t’ know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if they’re a Trojan horse. I want to see a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists, we want to go with databases, and we have no choice.”

Donald Trump previously called for a national registry for Muslims in the United States, a notion that has quickly outraged the public after it was compared to Hitler’s identification programs. Trump has since backtracked on the idea, and is now pushing for a registration of Syrian refugees and selected surveillance of Mosques.

“It could be the great Trojan horse of all time. It’s probably not but when I look at the [immigration] line, I see all strong powerful men. And I see very few women, and I see very few children. There’s something strange going on. And if you look at what’s happening in Europe, a lot of bad things are happening in Europe.”

Stephanopoulos pointed out that the majority of Syrian refugees are actually women and children. Trump then justified the use of water boarding because the Islamic State does far worse things to their prisoners.

“We have to be strong,” Trump said. “You know, they don’t use waterboarding over there, they use chopping off people’s heads, they use drowning people. I would bring it back, I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they do to us,” Trump insisted. “I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation.”

A small majority of Americans believe that the use of torture can sometimes be justified in order to gain information from suspected terrorists. PEW shows that those beliefs vary significantly across party lines. A solid majority of Republicans (71%) believe that torture is sometimes justified. Among both Democrats and Independents the issue is more divisive. Only 45% of Democrats and 51% of Independents think that torture is sometimes justified.

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