It’s a common refrain for Donald Trump, “Going into Iraq may have been the worst decision anybody has made, any president has made in the history of this country. That’s how bad it is, okay?”
Yet it seems the GOP frontrunner wasn’t always opposed to the war in Iraq. Trump is now left to explain his 2002 comments to Howard Stern, obtained by the website Buzzfeed.
Trump was asked about his comments during Thursday night’s CNN town hall.
Trump is explaining his evolution to South Carolina voters today, “The first guy to ever ask me about Iraq was Howard Stern and I was like oh, I don’t. And then I started looking at it, before the war started, I was against that war. I was against that war.”
To prove his opposition, Trump often points to comments he made in 2004 to esquire magazine, where he said, “Look at the war in Iraq and the mess that we’re in. I would never have handled it that way.”
That statement came more than a year after the war began. The issue has been a regular topic in the GOP primary fight.
“Your brother — and your brother’s administration gave us Barack Obama, because it was such a disaster, those last three months, that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected,” said Donald Trump.
“You know what? As it relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe,” said Jeb Bush.
Trump using George W. Bush’s legacy to constantly hit rival Jeb Bush, “I’ll be honest, the last thing we need is another bush, that I can tell you, that I can tell you. If Bush is insulted I don’t care if he’s insulted. What difference? It was a horrible mistake we should have never been in there.”
So far, each time Donald Trump has seemingly tripped on his own words, his supporters have stuck by him. What remains to be seen is will they keep doing that. Here in Nevada and in South Carolina, the Super Tuesday states and all those other states with voters waiting down the campaign trail.
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