GOP frontrunner Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that he could legalize waterboarding — and even harsher forms of torture — simply by declassifying the tactics.
During an interview on CNN, host Jake Tapper pointed out that Trump’s plan to bring back interrogations techniques that were “worse than waterboarding” ran afoul of a 2006 law which made waterboarding a war crime.
“I would go through a process and get it declassified,” Trump explained. “And certainly [I would support] waterboarding at a minimum. They’re chopping off heads of Christians and many other people in the Middle East.”
“You can say what you want. I have no doubt that it does work in terms of information and other things — and maybe not always but nothing works always. But I have no doubt that it works,” he insisted. “When they’re chopping off the heads of people — and innocent people in most cases — beyond waterboarding is fine with me.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Feb. 7, 2016.