Poll Context: Donald Trump is casting aside any doubt about his position on torture: He’s in favor of it because “we have to beat the savages.” On CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Trump vowed to “strengthen the laws so that we can better compete” with ISIS’ brutal tactics — rejecting out of hand the argument that allowing torture would be stooping to ISIS’ savagery.
“We have to play the game the way they’re playing the game. You’re not going to win if we’re soft and they’re, they have no rules,” Trump said in an interview taped Saturday that aired Sunday morning.
Trump also rejected the argument that American hostages could be treated worse by America’s enemies if the U.S. engaged in torture, insisting that “they’re doing that any way.”
“Did somebody tell ISIS, ‘Look, we’re going to treat your guys well. Will you please do us a favor and treat our guys well?’ They don’t do that. We’re not playing by — we are playing by rules, but they have no rules. It’s very hard to win when that’s the case,”
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