Donald Trump continued his longstanding denial of his own record on the Iraq War, angrily disputing Hillary Clinton’s reminder of his actual record.
He called it a “mainstream media” falsehood put out by Clinton.
Trump has repeatedly used his alleged opposition to the Iraq War to suggest that his “good judgment” about foreign policy is superior to Clinton’s. But in an September 11, 2002 interview with shock jock Howard Stern, found by BuzzFeed in February, Trump in fact said the exact opposite. “Yeah, I guess so,” Trump responded when asked if he supported an Iraq invasion. “I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
Indeed in his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, he called for a “principled and tough” policy toward “outlaw” states like Iraq. “We still don’t know what Iraq is up to or whether it has the material to build nuclear weapons. I’m no warmonger,” Trump wrote. “But the fact is, if we decide a strike against Iraq is necessary, it is madness not to carry the mission to its conclusion. When we don’t, we have the worst of all worlds: Iraq remains a threat, and now has more incentive than ever to attack us.” There is no evidence that he publicly opposed the invasion until after it had happened.
Although Trump was reminded of this in a February CNN town hall and he conceded that he “may have said that,” Trump has continued to repeat the false claim that he was “totally against the war in Iraq.”
He claimed that he had told Sean Hannity before the war that he was against it, but lamented that no one has called Hannity to ask him to verify their conversation