Published On: Mon, Jul 18th, 2016

Debbie Wasserman Schultz leads attacks against Trump, Pence on National Security, Muslims, dictators

Americans deserve better than Donald Trump’s dangerous and divisive ideas on national security.

From Trump and his running mate Mike Pence’s shared support for a ban on Muslims, to their advocacy for the use of torture, to Trump’s proposals to allow more countries to have nuclear weapons, to his secret plan to defeat ISIS, to his cozying up to strongmen and dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jung Un, to his threat of abandoning our allies, one thing is clear: a Trump presidency would leave both our country and the world dramatically less safe.


“If elected, Donald Trump would severely damage our economy, diminish our standing in the world, and make our communities less safe. He is divisive, dangerous, and lacks the judgment and temperament to be president. So every day this week, we are going to hold him accountable,” said DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  “We are better than this.  We need a president who will bring us together, not tear us apart.  We need a president who is fit to lead on day one, and every day after – not one whose ego is bigger than Trump’s tabloid-derived base of knowledge.”
“Trump may be the first candidate that I have ever seen that treats our enemies like allies and our allies like enemies,” said U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego.
“Donald Trump would be a dangerous and a divisive Commander-in-Chief. He has a tendency to sow division and discord, rather than trying to pull people together and get them to work together as patriotic Americans,” said former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
photo/ Mary Pahlke via pixabay

photo/ Mary Pahlke via pixabay


ISLAMOPHOBIA: Trump and Pence support banning Muslims from entering the United States.  Trump toyed with the idea of creating a national database to track all Muslims. Not only are these plans un-American, but experts agree that they would play right into terrorists’ hands.

TRUMP:“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

PENCE:“”I am very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States.”


TORTURE: Trump and Pence have both repeatedly called for returning to Bush-era torture, which has been widely denounced as ineffective, unethical, and dangerous for American service members around the world.

TRUMP:“Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works… Waterboarding is fine, but it’s not nearly tough enough, ok?”

PENCE:“Some have said relationship-building interrogation techniques are preferable and even more reliable in the long run than stress methods. … I can tell by your grin that you acknowledge the somewhat absurd thought that you could move people who have masterminded the death of 3,000 Americans by Oprah Winfrey methods.’”


NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Trump has displayed a reckless disregard for the dangers of nuclear proliferation, saying Japan and South Korea may need nuclear weapons and Saudi Arabia should have nuclear weapons.


ANDERSON COOPER: “Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons?”

TRUMP:“Saudi Arabia, absolutely.”


ISIS: Trump won’t say what his plan is to defeat ISIS because it is a “secret.”  He has suggested letting ISIS take control of Syria and called for sending tens of thousands of American ground troops to back into the Middle East to fight ISIS.

TRUMP:“I do know what to do and I would know how to bring ISIS to the table or beyond that, defeat ISIS very quickly and I’m not going to tell you what is… All I can tell you it is a foolproof way of winning.”

TRUMP:“It’s really rather amazing, maybe Syria should be a free zone for ISIS, let them fight and then you pick up the remnants.”

TRUMP:“We really have no choice. We have to knock out ISIS. We have to knock the hell out of them… I would listen to the generals but I’m hearing numbers of 20,000 to 30,000. We have to knock them out fast.”

photo/ Pete Linforth via pixabay

photo/ Pete Linforth via pixabay

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