As tensions rise over the Hillary Clinton email scandal, one Donald Trump adviser said that the Democratic presidential hopeful was so crafty, even waterboarding wouldn’t get the truth out of her.
Barry Bennett appeared on CNN’s At This Hour on Friday afternoon in order to discuss the ongoing controversy over Hillary’s email server — specifically Donald’s promise to carry out an investigation against her if he is elected. While speaking with host Kate Bolduan, the Trump spokesman said that Clinton’s corrupt nature would prevent them from getting to the bottom of the investigation. Even waterboarding, he said, wouldn’t open her up.
“[Hillary] has continued to lie about [the emails]. She told us the lawyers signed off on it. The inspector general said that’s not true. She said she would cooperate with all the investigations — she stonewalled the IG and now everybody is taking the Fifth… You couldn’t get the truth out of [Clinton] if you waterboarded her.”
Bolduan, taken aback at the mention of waterboarding in a conversation about Hillary, incredulously replied, “What?” to the Donald adviser’s statement. In reply, he slightly rephrased his original quip. “You couldn’t get the truth of [Clinton] with a waterboard.” After giving a slight pause, Bolduan continued, “And you brought in waterboarding.”
A hot-button issue for the 2016 election, this incident isn’t even the first time waterboarding has been brought up — even in reference to Hillary herself. At a Marco Rubio rally when the former Republican hopeful was still in the race, a crowd member suggested that the interrogation technique might be a good fit for Clinton. Rubio chuckled in reply.
On a less rhetorical note, addressing the topic of waterboarding has been a frequent discussion in the presidential debates for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. At the New Hampshire GOP debate in February, the presumptive GOP nominee said that he would bring back not only waterboarding, but also “a hell of a lot worse,” reported The Guardian.
These comments were probably not shocking to anyone who had followed his earlier campaign statements on the topic. At a November rally in Columbus, Ohio, he told a crowd that they could “bet their a*s” he would be bringing back waterboarding because “it works.” He also said that interrogation subjects “deserve it anyway for what they do to us.”
Donald also continued to profess his support for waterboarding in the wake of March’s attack on Brussels, which warranted a question to Hillary about the practice on The Today Show. Clinton underlined her opposition to the method, even touching on the chilling effect it had on America’s relationship with the rest of the world, reported Talking Points Memo.
“As to waterboarding, you know, our country’s most experienced and bravest military leaders will tell you that torture is not effective. It does put our own soldiers and increasingly our own civilians at risk… We do have to give law enforcement and intelligence professionals all the tools they need to do the job to keep America safe and they don’t need to resort to torture, but they are going to need more help.”
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