Trump To Hannity: Waterboarding Isn’t Torture [VIDEO]

The Hill reports:

Waterboarding doesn’t constitute torture, President Trump said Thursday, reiterating his past arguments that it is an effective way to gather intelligence.

“I mean, torture is real torture, OK? Waterboarding is – I’m sure it’s not pleasant, but waterboarding was just short of torture,” he said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “When – you know, all of a sudden, they made it torture.”

“I spoke with people the other day who are in this world that were talking about it. Absolutely, it works. Absolutely,” he said.

More from Deadline:

The two men continue to discuss the merits of waterboarding, as they saw it. Trump began to complain about how when “they go into a nightclub and they machine gun everybody down … they were not allowed to waterboard,” which, he said, “seems so foolish and so naive. But this is what we have to put up with. But, here’s the story –“

Suddenly, Hannity interrupted the president, pivoting back to [ABC reporter David] Muir who, to recap, had landed the first sit-down interview with the newly sworn-in President Trump. “I would ask David Muir, if they kidnapped your kid and you have one of the kidnappers, what would you do to get the location of your child?” Hannity said.

“Or, would you want him to talk in 48 hours from now, by being nice to him, OK?” Trump added, joining in on the ghoulish hypothetical.

  • Absolutely no surprises here. On any level.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • bambinoitaliano
    • Acronym Jim

      Nice, but it would have been perfect if she had written “tinkle, tinkle” instead.

      • Steverino

        And the alternate spelling “Tsar” would have been better.

    • Prixator

      Is that Elena Kagan? Hehehe

  • Remember when Hannity promised to undergo waterboarding to prove that it isn’t torture?

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/04/today-completes-seven-years-sean-hannity

    • MattPS

      And remember when Rush Limbaugh (or whoever) said he was going to move to the Dominican Republic (or wherever)?

      • Nowhereman

        Costa Rica. He was going to move to a country with socialized medicine to get away from the evil death panels on Obamacare. The Dominican Republic would be a better fit for him. I believe they are known for live boys. That’s where he was with his stash of prescription drugs (Oxy and viagra) only the prescriptions weren’t in his name. His ass should still be in prison for that.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I just woke up, haven’t had coffee and when I saw this photo, I wondered, “Why are those two in the White House?”.

    • Philly Mike

      And the facials did them wonders, they look renewed!

    • BobSF_94117

      I’m not sure, but I suspect Trump is going room to room and farting.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Draftdodger says what?

  • Dagoril

    Oh, we’re having THIS discussion again. Sigh.

    Let’s waterboard the shitgibbon for a few weeks and see what he thinks then.

    • jimbo65

      He’ll break as soon as that dead weasel on his head gets washed off. He has to retain some modicum of dignity.

      • David Walker

        Someone would be taking pictures. Record the orange liar-in-chief squealing a little piggy (sorry, real little piggies). It would go viral in record time.

        • Acronym Jim

          It is hard to squeal when your lungs are full of water. It is pertinent to know that waterboarding is nothing more than controlled drowning.

    • Jerry

      …a few weeks, or until he releases his tax returns.

  • dcurlee

    I’m sorry, the draft dodger says what

    • David Walker

      Pretty much what the draft dodger chicken hawks during the twig years.

  • OdieDenCO

    Waterboarding is not torture? lets waterboard both donny and hannity and see what they think about it after! if you won’t go thru it yourself, you can’t inflict it on someone else.

    • Robincho

      Olbermann put big money on this to Hannity years ago, and big strong Hannity clammed up real fast…

  • U.N. says waterboarding should be prosecuted as torture
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-torture-un-idUKN0852061620080208

    • Philly Mike

      Remember, UN is a bunch of Liberal elites and NATO is a group wimps.

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Tramp wants to quit the UN anyway, so this is irrelevant.
      Don’t bother bringing up the Geneva Convention either. Tramp doesn’t believe in a non-American convention in which some foreigners Tramp never likes agreed with some Americans Tramp doesn’t trust on something Tramp doesn’t understand

      • Nowhereman

        That last bit is YUUUUGE.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Let’s try it on Trump to get his tax returns.

    • Menergy

      exactly my thoughts when I read this, too. (I mean, this can’t be construed as wishing harm on others, then, right? Right?)

    • Nowhereman

      And I seem to recall that Hannity was going to be waterboarded for charity. Conservatives never keep their word.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Trump is virtually recruiting for ISIS with this statement.

    And a few days ago, the ‘steal the oil’ comment is not real likely to make the Iraq military forces feel great about working with the US to defeat ISIS.

    With Trump, its as if history, or even short term-memory doesn’t exist. He can contradict his own statement made a minute earlier, or decades of history, as easily as he breathes.

    • clay

      virtually? how many days until it’s literally virtually– having been edited into an ISIS online video?

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        It may already be. That’s not something I’m going to hunt for on google.

    • vorpal

      Betting pool as to how long it takes for the first nuke to be fired.
      Not sure who will do it, but if it doesn’t happen during the next four years, I will be quite surprised.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        I so hope your wrong. Vegas odds makers are already betting that Trump won’t serve out four years.

        Other countries don’t need to use nukes, a simple press release is enough to enrage Trump and destabilize the US. And with Trumpy pissing off virtually every government department and the entire security infrastructure, I wonder if we will have a military coup before he is removed through impeachment or something else.

        RESIST! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a74e2ed1e25173a6feb0cda9b9f5a2cb439d7d8c98c65296db302fb5400df725.jpg

        • Bj Lincoln

          It does take more people to fire off a nuke than just this nutjob. I am hoping those people know not to fire one for no good reason.

          • ColdCountry

            Or know how to stall with protocol. Did you see “Eye In the Sky?”

        • vorpal

          I so hope I’m wrong, too. I don’t doubt that you’re right, but when you have people with the emotional maturity and fragility of insecure four year olds running countries with nuclear missiles like Trump and Kim Jong Un, I’m worried that it’s not going to take much flexing before one of them whips out their surrogate nuclear penis, consequences be damned.

          • Nowhereman

            Kim Jong-un is planning to lob an ICBM “test” any minute now, and I am in range of it.

          • vorpal

            Kim Jong-un probably also tells people that he has a 12 inch penis and that his farts smell like roses and love.

            I doubt about 99% of what that little pretentious self-entitled idiot says, and wouldn’t be too concerned, personally.

          • Nowhereman

            I’m as concerned as I need to be. I live near a likely target.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      I think he has his eye on Mexico’s oil, too. He wants to steal it as a way of having Mexico pay for the wall.

  • AtticusP

    National disgrace.

    • David Walker

      Make that plural, please.

  • ByronK

    OMG, stop the lies! They burn, they burn my ears!!!

    • TrollopeReader

      oh, noes! Now you can’t hear my sweet nothings!

      • ByronK

        Oh, I always hear those! Kind of like a dog whistle. 😉

  • clay

    “I spoke with people the other day who are in this world that were talking about it. Absolutely, it works. Absolutely,” he said.

    You know, people in the world, like his friends in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and Turkey, which have police using torture on their own populations, three of which have histories of Islamist terrorism, but are NOT going to be included in his visa ban. What else do all four have in common? Trump property deals.

    Also not on the ban list– Pakistan, Indonesia, and Afghanistan places in the world with huge Muslim populations and histories of Islamist terrorism. Nor India, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Israel, Russia, Germany, France, Netherlands, which have significant Muslim minorities, and histories of Islamist terrorism.

    Oddly, also not listed, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Djibouti, Algeria, so all you Islamist terrorists, just get yourselves some fake backgrounds across the border.

    • Gerry Fisher

      When the facts are laid out like that, it really does point out how he goes for emotional and symbolic gestures. (Meanwhile, he’s dismantling the government.)

    • ColdCountry

      So…. who IS he banning?

      • zhera

        Syria.

        • ColdCountry

          No Trump hotels or golf courses in Syria, huh?

        • DonnaLee

          Lucky freaking Syrians….

      • clay

        Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya.

  • Rex

    Ya wanna know what real torture is?
    Trump as president.
    Now, that’s torture.

    • Prixator

      Don’t minimize torture. It’s real and it happens too often and destroys the lives of the people it doesn’t kill.

      • WretchedMouse

        Well to be fair this will in fact be torture. Trump’s administration will inflict pain upon millions, both mental and physical. Lives will be destroyed.

        • Prixator

          Again, don’t minimize actual torture. It certainly could be extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant to many but just because it may *feel* like torture to someone who has never experienced real torture, it is not “torture”.

  • Earl

    As a former Mr. (city) Leather, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that waterboarding is indeed torture. It’s something I’d never fuck around with, and if it was suggested to me I’d holler ‘Red Light’ so fast…

    Trump isn’t going to have to worry about being tortured. That’s what every soldier and citizen of the USA has to worry about now. If you do it, everyone can.

    Impeach the motherfucker already.

    • Bluto

      Mr Leather, you say. You know the old expression, pics or it didn’t happen.

      • Earl

        I could easily tell you a city and year and you’ll find the pics. Then someone would accuse me of bragging. 🙂

        You don’t know me, not really. I could claim to be Scott, and you’d not know that I wasn’t unless you knew him and me. So, why would I bother?

        Especially as it doesn’t matter. Not for this issue.

  • Dumdum#pay4thewall

    Trump: my white fans in the Midwest like it when I talk like this. For some reason it makes them feel safe.

    • clay

      As if the caliphate would ever want West Virginia.

      • TrollopeReader

        Coal! 🙂

        • clay

          OMG! proof that Daesh is smarter than Trump!

  • CanuckDon

    It really isn’t a pleasant world currently given that we now have to give the time of day to the simple minds of overbearing, clueless louts like these two. Every day I keep hoping that a wall of intelligence and insight breaks through and throws these bastards out of the tower.

  • TrollopeReader

    Well, since waterboarding isn’t torture, and is just unpleasant, why has Hannity not fulfilled his promise to undergo waterboarding? Let Trump experience it, too.

  • ByronK

    The border tightening just because you appointed someone? Pales in comparison to everyone’s ass holes snapping shut in shock at your election.

    • WretchedMouse

      Damn I read that as “everyone’s ass holes snapping shut in shock at your erection.” 11 am and already lost my maturity! 🙂

  • Todd20036

    And to prove waterboarding isn’t torture, Drumpf will undergo a session of it himself. Right?

    • Schlukitz

      My thoughts exactly.

      He should put his water where his mouth is.

    • clay

      It’s bad of me to want to actually replace the water with vodka, koolaid, lemon-lime Gatoraide, and Russian piss, right?

      • Philly Mike

        just Putin’s piss sounds good to me it will be a bonding moment

      • Joe in PA

        Well that was a little specific. Huh. 🙂

  • OdieDenCO

    the character of a man is determined not by how he treats his friends but how he treats his enemies.

    • IamM

      Generally true. But rabid animals like Don and Sean have no friends.

  • olandp

    Yeah, all of a sudden they made it torture, 500 years ago. Sean said he would be waterboarded to raise money for veterans and prove it isn’t torture, but the pussy hasn’t done it yet. Why doesn’t Don the Con get waterboarded on live TV along with Sean to prove it isn’t torture? Put-up or shut-up.

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “Waterboarding Isn’t Torture ” sure. Let’s try this non-torture approach on Trump to get some honest answers:

    “Where’s your tax returns?”
    “Where do you hide your money?”
    “What are your intentions for this dumb voter fraud investigation?”
    “Who’s actually paying for the wall?”
    “How many times did Pootie fuck you?”
    “How are you planning to rip us off?”

    • clay

      And, my personal favorite,
      “What else don’t I know?”

      • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        LOL but you’re in for a few years of ranting given his infamous quote
        “A lot of people don’t know this but Iraq has a lot of oil”

        • clay

          Yeah, he’d just be too egotistically stupid to find that question’s implications frightening.

          • David Walker

            Whut’s so stupid ’bout it? This is ‘Murka. We can take anything we want. Why don’t them AY-rabs git that?

  • Joe in PA

    did you catch the screen crawl…it says that the Mex prez cancelled…whoa…I thought it was Trumpee. Donnie’s not gonna like that.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ee7c7e273336756bca860fc524c98acbbb03b0939d4371e88c27cac048691b9.png

    • clay

      And now Trump is claiming Tillerson fired the under-secretaries at State, rather than them quitting, ‘cuz that’s what you do when you’re in the middle of a learning curve.

  • John Calendo

    It’s only week one, and each day is more exciting than the last. An enormous blow-up is coming.

  • vorpal

    Living under a Trump presidency is already torture to the entire world.
    The last thing we need is to add waterboarding to that.

  • madknits

    Well, if waterboarding is not torture, then John McCain was not tortured when he was a POW in Viet Nam.

    • Bluto

      I like soldiers who weren’t caught. Total loser. Sad.
      How fucked up is it that McCain & Linseybelle are now considered rino moderates.

      • madknits

        Makes my head spin.

  • Matt

    Perhaps he should try it himself sometime.

  • Dirty Harry

    Torquemada the Grand Inquisitor. You can’t talk him out of anything. Confess your sins my son.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnF1OtP2Svk

  • DaddyRay

    Come on Kelly-Anne, it is time to get water boarded to prove Trump’ claims

  • ByronK

    Hard to tell which one of them is more desperate to be rimmed.

  • Mark

    Well, he may be right. I would much rather be water-boarded than to have to see his fucking ugly ass face every day…

  • GayOldLady

    Not torture? You go first tRump.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Christopher Hitchens allowed himself to be waterboarded and he says it’s torture.

    https://youtu.be/4LPubUCJv58

  • Yeah, the fact that throughout the middle ages and renaissance it was used to get Jews to confess and convert should tell you it’s not torture at all….
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db4dfef203d1cc257fbb436ff130f8af328144e804f8b1870996d919128deb23.png

    • JCF

      Yeah Drumpf, ask Jared about it…

  • Blake Jordan

    Test it out on Donnie first, then see what he says about it…

  • JT

    Impeach the motherfucker already!

    • billbear1961

      ITMFA!!

  • DaveMiller135

    So Sean, if it’s not that bad, why don’t you go through with your promise to be waterboarded for charity? To show how benign it is.

    It might be satisfying to a thug to torture information out of someone, but the information obtained is not reliable. The prisoner tells you what they think you want to hear.

    • DaveMiller135

      I should have said, “I’ll hold my breath, until you do, shall I?” I’m so witty.

  • billbear1961

    It was considered torture when the Japanese used it on captured American soldiers in WWII.

    YOU don’t think it’s torture?

    Let’s see you or your propagandist Hannity endure a session!

  • Taylor

    Years ago Hannity volunteered to be waterboarded for charity. It still hasn’t happened. Isn’t it about time for him to put up or shut up??

    • IamM

      Both of them.

    • CharlestonDave

      Keith Olbermann offered $1000 to a charity of Hannity’s choice for every minute that Hannity endured. Hannity refuses to talk about it.

      Here on JMG I think it likely we could match that figure.

  • Matt

    This is just a stupid, stupid man. No way around it. Stupid.

    • IamM

      And evil. Don’t forget evil.

  • Bryan

    “It’s 99.9% stoppage.”

    That’s some goooood English language.

  • Rick

    “I’m sure it’s not pleasant.”

  • TrollopeReader
  • billbear1961

    “President Trump in the White House”

    Bullshit!

    “Reality” TV “celebrity” squatting like a toxic TOAD in a property STOLEN for him by Putin, Comey and a criminally NEGLIGENT “press”

  • EdA

    Benedict Trump is a 70-year-old man and may not be in quite as good shape as his whacko doctor claims he is.

    But Udey and Qusay are both younger and appear to be physically healthy and are probably used to taking showers and going swimming. At least one of them should volunteer. Benedict Trump shouldn’t object since it would not be he himself who would incur any discomfort, and they would be able to prove that they are real men and not girly-men. Or not.

  • ColdCountry

    Waterboard him, NOW! Both of them, for that matter. DAMN them all to non-existent hell for this!

  • Jay Silversmith

    April 22nd will mark eight years since Shammity volunteered to be waterboarded and yet, he’s still dry. Well, in certain “areas.”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8efc5448c4eb794571cb98575042130abcfb6681bd385eb02feadf6f60749919.jpg

  • BobSF_94117

    I suspect the “interview” produced a record number of stiffies in the Fox armchair-warrior audience.

  • grada3784

    I think they should be waterboarded to see if they still believe it afterwards.

  • Ginger Snap

    And fucking men on the down low isn’t gay/bi/add any fluid sexuality word here. Yeah I’ve heard every kind of lie in my life.

    • The_Wretched

      I’m not bi, i just have ADD! ;p

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    In Canada, we take a different view on torture. We will not be following lockstep with the Trump regime. Not now, not ever.

    http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/canada-militar-us-torture-1.3953970

  • Galvestonian

    Maybe we should ask the Presnit to show us by example how waterboarding isn’t torture.

  • Acronym Jim

    It doesn’t matter if Trump thinks waterboarding is torture or not, in the above mentioned ABC interview with Muir, Trump explicitly said he was told “it works. torture works.”

    Just because he’s specifying waterboarding “not being “torture” today, doesn’t mean he isn’t going specify bamboo shoots under the fingernails “not being “torture” tomorrow. It doesn’t matter what he calls it because he has already implied he will use torture as a tool.

  • Halou

    I would say subject Trump to waterboarding first and then get his opinion, but judging by his opinion of watersports he’d probably like it.

  • Acronym Jim

    To quote another former president: “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice…fool…foo…you can’t get fooled again.”

  • The_Wretched

    I’ve seen water boarding in person. It’s flatly torture and the kinky people who did it have a very good idea about what counts.

  • YakHerder

    Prove it, Trump. Prove it, Hannity.

    Volunteer to be waterboarded.

  • Brooklyn Joe

    if it isn’t torture – maybe he should test it out

  • I suggest that Don-John the Despicable voluntarily undergo an hour-long waterboarding session at the hands of an expert (who must be given immunity in advance) on national television, and then say, with a straight face, that waterboarding is not torture.

  • MisterShoebox

    Okay, Donnie – why don’t you undergo waterboarding yourself to show all the whiny pansies out there that it’s not torture?

  • witch

    History has proven torture never works, I wouldn’t put passed him to happily torture kids

  • Marides48

    Ask tRUMP, if one of his sons were captured, would it be OK to use waterboard method to interrogate him? If yes, then do we have a method to get your TAX forms?

  • Prixator

    He should do the honourable thing (yeah, right!) and undergo a very controlled waterboarding – as Christopher Hitchens did – and then decide if it’s torture or not.

    After the mild waterboarding that Hitchens underwent, he acknowledged that it is, indeed, under the definition of torture.

  • Nowhereman

    Oh please give the both of them a personal demonstration. Trump would freak as soon as they put the gunnysack over his head. IT IS TORTURE. That is an ACTUAL fact.

  • JCF

    This shit again???

    Mancow Waterboarded, Admits It’s Torture “It is way worse than I thought it would be” http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/archive/Mancow-Takes-on-Waterboarding-and-Loses.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKfEjdAkmbs

  • Orly

    Easy way to find out: Let’s waterboard hannity and trump a hundred or so times (like what was previously done to others).

    Then they can come back and tell us how easy and not-so-tortury it was.