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Frat-boys are waterboarded "every day on college campuses," so it's good enough for terrorists, Eric Trump insists

It's almost impossible to believe that so much could be so wrong in so very few words


Scott Eric Kaufman
February 9, 2016 6:34PM (UTC)

Asked to explain his father's comments Saturday night that he would "would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding" in order to interrogate terrorists, Eric Trump opined that he didn't even see what the problem with waterboarding was, given that it goes on in college fraternities every day.

Of course, it doesn't -- simulated drowning isn't expressly forbidden by most college charters, but only because hazing rituals, horrible and subject to litigation though they may be, usually stop short of killing pledges for short bouts of time. But that's not the world Eric Trump lives in, as he informed Fox News' Greta Van Susteren yesterday.

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"You see these terrorists that are flying planes into buildings, right?" Eric Trump asked rhetorically, from 2002. "You see our cities being shot up in California? You see Paris getting show up?"

He didn't clarify whether Paris was another American city being shot up in California, but added that "and then somebody complains when a terrorist gets waterboarded, which quite frankly is no different than what happens on college campuses and frat houses every day."

Of course, Eric Trump forgot to tag the word "suspected" before "terrorist," which suggests that unlike the imaginary fraternity pledges who subject themselves to being waterboarded to acquire the privilege of poisoning their livers to death in college, many of the people being waterboarded aren't there by their own choice.

Trump later suggested that such strong statements are typical of his father, "the man [who] would keep this country safe, no question about it.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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