Editor’s Note: We are reposting this piece from Feb. 2016.
During the Sept. 26 debate, Donald Trump claimed that he never supported the Iraq War. That is not true. In a 2002 interview with Howard Stern he expressed his support for the war.
“I was against the war in Iraq,” he told debate moderator Lester Holt.
He said that he did the interview with Howard Stern, “very lightly.” He then asserted that he had told Sean Hannity he was against the war. Hannity, an outspoken Trump supporter, said last week that Trump told him — in private conversations — that he was against the war.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been running on the fact that he opposed the Iraq War from its onset. “I said, ‘Don’t go in because you’re going to ruin the balance in the Middle East; you’re going to have a total imbalance; you’re going to have Iran taking over Iraq,'” he said last night in a CNN town hall. “Everything I said turned out to be true.”
But fact-checkers have always found Trump’s claims wanting. He did come out strongly against the Iraq War after it had started in 2004, but at a time when Democrats were reversing their previous support for the war after weapons of mass destruction failed to materialize. No evidence had ever emerged of him opposing the war before it began.
Thursday, Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski found the proverbial smoking gun; in a 2002 interview with Howard Stern, Donald Trump came out in support of the Iraq War.
“Are for invading Iraq?” Stern asked him on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
“Yeah I guess so,” Trump responded. “I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
Earlier in the week, Kaczynski also uncovered that Trump wrote in his book that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons a year before George W. Bush ever took office.
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