Trump Earns Praise of Code Pink Leader After Debate Remarks About Bush and 9/11
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is being praised by Code Pink, a group working to end U.S. wars and militarism that has protested the Iraq War.
Trump garnered support from the organization during the GOP debate Saturday night when he called the Iraq War a mistake and accused the George W. Bush administration of lying before the invasion.
"Obviously the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake," Trump said during the debate.
"George Bush made a mistake," the billionaire continued. "Obviously we can make mistakes, but that one was a beauty."
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said in an email to the Huffington Post that she "loved" the debate.
“It felt surreal to hear Donald Trump, the leading Republican contender for President, saying what we at CODEPINK have been shouting to the winds for 14 years now: that Bush and his cronies lied about WMDs, that the Iraq war was catastrophic, and that Bush never 'kept us safe' because 9/11 happened on his watch.”
Benjamin said that she also agrees with Trump that the war wasted money that could have been used to rebuild the country's infrastructure -- a theme the group uses in a campaign called "Bring out war dollars home."
"It was wild," she said.
Benjamin also told the Huffington Post that Trump has gone farther on the issue than Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Imagine having just woken up from a lengthy coma and being told that it's a presidential year and the GOP front-runner is getting praised by an unhinged leftist protest group.
You'd probably ask to be put back under until all of this was over.
It speaks volumes to the unremitting weirdness of this election that Trump has decided to become a louder, more insane version of Ron Paul and it's working for him.
For those of you unfamiliar with some of Code Pink's recent work, it's the group that sent dancing vaginas to protest the RNC in 2012.
Ah...the good old days-when pro-abortion war protesters and Republicans running for president were opposed to one another.