- September 26, 2016 -

Hillary Clinton Is The Only Candidate On Stage To Vote For Iraq War

On October 11, 2002, Clinton Voted In Favor Of A Joint Resolution To Authorize The Use Of Military Force Against Iraq.(H.J. Res 114, Roll Call Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-22, 10/11/02, Clinton Voted Yea)

Bernie Sanders Has Claimed That Hillary Clinton Doesn't Have The Judgment To Be President, Partly Due To Her Iraq War Vote. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT): "But I do Question Her Judgment. I question a judgment which voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country."(New York Democratic Primary Debate, 4/14/16)

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Sanders Said That Clinton "Might Want To Apologize To The Families Who Lost Their Loved Ones In Iraq." "The Vermont senator has sharpened his tone in recent days. After a Clinton supporter and daughter of the principal killed at Sandy Hook said that Sanders owes her 'an apology' for opposing lawsuits against gun manufacturers, Sanders rebuked Clinton harshly. 'Maybe Secretary Clinton might want to apologize to the fa

milies who lost their loved ones in Iraq,' he said on CBS."(Sam Frizell, "Clinton And Sanders Clash On Qualifications As Democratic Race Gets Bitter," Time, 4/7/16)

Donald Trump Opposed The Iraq War From The Very Beginning

In February 2002, Trump Was Asked About The Iraq Invasion But Did Not Express An Opinion Either Way. “Sept. 7, 2002: Trump had a lengthy interview with Fox News host Rita Cosby about the terrorist attacks, security concerns, the post-9/11 economy and the rebuilding effort. If Trump truly was opinionated against the invasion, he didn’t mention it at all in this interview.” (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, “Timeline of Trump’s comments on Iraq invasion: Not loud, not strong, and no headlines,” Washington Post, 2/25/16)

BACKGROUND: Trump had never discussed Iraq before his Howard Stern appearance in 2002. In the context of the Iraq War that began under the George W. Bush Administration; Mr. Trump spoke about the issue in 2002 as a public figure.

In January 2003, Two Months Before The War, Trump Expressed Opposition In An Interview With Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “Well, he has either got to do something or not do something, perhaps, because perhaps shouldn’t be doing it yet and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations, you know. He’s under a lot of pressure. He’s—I think he’s doing a very good job. But, of course, if you look at the polls, a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the Iraqi situation is a problem. And I think the economy is a much bigger problem as far as the president is concerned.” (Donald J. Trump, Fox News Interview With Neil Cavuto, 1/28/2003)

The Washington Post’s “Trump Revealed” Reported That “Five Days After The (Iraq) Invasion Began, A Washington Post Reporter Overheard Trump At An Oscars After-Party Calling The War A ‘Mess.’” (Michael Kranish And Marc Fisher, “Trump Revealed,” Simon And Schuster, 2016)

In March 2003, Trump Is Quoted As Saying The War Is “A Mess.” “Donald concludes, ‘The war's a mess,’ before sweeping off into the crowd.” (William Booth and Sharon Waxman, “Hollywood Partyers, Soldiering On,” The Washington Post, 3/25/03)

Trump’s Comments Documented In An Esquire Interview, Just After The War Began, Emphasize His Strong Opposition. “My life is seeing everything in terms of ‘How would I handle that?’ Look at the war in Iraq and the mess that we're in. I would never have handled it that way. Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is happily going to step up to lead the county? C'mon. Two minutes after we leave, there's going to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over. And he'll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam didn't have.” (Donald Trump, “Donald Trump: How I'd Run the Country (Better),” Esquire Magazine, 8/04)

Trump Continued: “What was the purpose of this whole thing? Hundreds and hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and legs? Not to mention the other side. All those Iraqi kids who've been blown to pieces. And it turns out that all of the reasons for the war were blatantly wrong. All this for nothing!” (Donald Trump, “Donald Trump: How I'd Run the Country (Better),” Esquire Magazine, 8/04)

Rand Paul Said Donald Trump Has Questioned The Iraq War From the Beginning. “From the very beginning, Donald Trump has said that he questioned the Iraq War,” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. (Hanna Trudo, “Rand Paul gives Trump props for opposing the Iraq War,” Politico, 9/8/16)

Rand Paul Praised Trump For Having The Foresight To See That The Iraq War Led To The Destabilization Of The Region. “And so that gives me some consolation that Donald Trump would be a better commander-in-chief because he at least had the foresight to see the Iraq War led to a destabilization of the area and Hillary Clinton was on the other side of that.” (Hanna Trudo, “Rand Paul gives Trump props for opposing the Iraq War,” Politico, 9/8/16)

Sean Hannity Substantiates That He And Trump Had Many Private Conversations About Iraq. “’I spoke to other people and if you look also … Speak to Sean Hannity, who’s a terrific guy by the way, speak to him, and he and I used to have arguments about the Iraq War,’ said Trump. ‘As, you know, Sean wanted — he believed in the Iraq War and, you know, that’s — that’s what his belief was. We used to have arguments about it, big arguments, and you could speak to Sean and that was before the war started.’” (Eric Wemple, “Donald Trump Says He Voiced His Iraq War Opposition To Sean Hannity,” The Washington Post, 9/19/16)