Donald Trump devoted most of Tuesday to bashing Hillary Clinton and her private email server, but also found time to … praise Saddam Hussein.
While the late dictator of Iraq was “a really bad guy,” Trump also told supporters in Raleigh, N.C., “But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good … They didn’t read them the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist — it was over.”
In criticizing President Obama over a premature withdrawal from Iraq, Trump said the country is now “Harvard for terrorism — You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq. It’s like Harvard, OK?”
In fact, the U.S. government long branded Hussein’s Iraq as a state sponsor of terrorism, including chemical weapon attacks on the Kurds, scud missile strikes against Israel, and a plot to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush, who authorized the first invasion of Iraq in 1991.
Trump, who has criticized President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq again in 2003, spoke just hours after the FBI announced it would not seek to indict Clinton but said the former secretary of State acted carelessly in handling classified information on a private email server.