Donald Trump has said that he wouldn’t ask the military to break the law, so now he wants to expand it.
At a campaign event in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, the Republican frontrunner told supporters that he would broaden laws regarding torture of terrorist suspects, CNN reports. “We’re going to stay within the laws. But you know what we’re going to do?” he told the audience. “We’re going to have those laws broadened.”
Throughout his campaign he has reiterated his views on torture which included doing a “hell of a lot worse” than waterboarding, and going after terrorists’ families. Late last week after being criticized for advocating violations of both U.S. and international law, he said that he wouldn’t order the military to break any laws. President Obama banned waterboarding soon after being inaugurated in 2009, and going after families is universally considered to be a war crime and is a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
During the same rally Trump asked the audience to take a pledge to vote for him during the Florida primary on March 15. He instructed audience members to raise their right hand and repeat the following: “I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for President.”
When the crowd had finished he made sure to warn them that “bad things would happen” if they don’t live up to their promise.