Eric Trump, the third child of Donald Trump, defended his father’s comments on waterboarding in an interview, calling the controversial practice “no different” from what goes on in college fraternities “every day.”
Donald Trump, the current GOP front-runner in the presidential race, once again sparked outrage when he said that he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” to combat terrorism if elected president.
His son offered a vigorous defense of using waterboarding on terrorism suspects in an interview with Greta Van Susteren.
“You see these terrorists that are flying planes into buildings, right? You see our cities getting shot up in California. You see Paris getting shot up,” Eric Trump said.
“And then somebody complains when a terrorist gets waterboarded, which quite frankly is no different than what happens on college campuses and frat houses every day.”
Eric Trump is a vice president at the Trump Organization, the limited liability conglomerate of which Donald Trump is CEO.
Although not considered common, waterboarding during fraternity hazings isn’t something unheard of. In 2012 there were reports that a University of Binghampton fraternity regularly waterboarded its members, and just last year a University of Houston fraternity was accused of doing the same, reports the Gothamist and Gawker.
“And, you know, the man would keep this country safe. There is no question about it. He’s got amazing backbone, he’s a tough guy, he’s sick of the nonsense, he wants to protect this country,” Eric Trump continued.
“And that’s why he’s doing this. I mean, he’s sick of seeing what’s happening to this country, whether it be on trade, whether it be $19 trillion worth of national debt, whether it be terrorists coming in and trying to infiltrate our country. I mean, he would be very, very, very, tough.”