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Washington (CNN)Republican front-runner Donald Trump moved to staunch scathing criticism of his national security views on Friday, executing an abrupt about-face by declaring that he would not order the U.S. military to violate international laws to fight terrorism.
After advocating the killing of terrorists' families and the benefits of waterboarding, Trump reversed course after condemnation from former cabinet members, lawmakers and intelligence and military officials, some of whom denounced him as "utterly unfitted to the office" of president.
Donald Trump reverses position on torture, killing terrorists' families
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: MystikMushroom
More than likely, he's starting his pivot to the center to prepare for the general election. The far right rhetoric works with the Republican/conservative base, but will backfire in the general election. His team knows this and is "adjusting" their policy positions now that the Repub nomination is so close.
I'm honestly amazed that people are falling for this. It literally happens every presidential election cycle. The candidates cater to the extreme wings of their base in order to inspire their voters. Once they get the nomination, they pivot away from their base in order to attract independent voters and "moderates" within the opposing party.
As an example, expect Hillary to talk more about traditionally conservative policies if she wins big in the next wave of primaries. But she'll talk even more "progressive" if Bernie can close the gap against her. Because first you have to lock in your base & the nomination, before "expanding" to get the others. Trump's doing the same thing now.
originally posted by: Swills
a reply to: Profusion
Typical Trump, says one thing then says another. He flip flops more than the politicians he's running against! He'll be a great lying politician!