Inconsistent views mark Trump unfit for presidency

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Inconsistent views mark Trump unfit for presidency

Amy Lockwood

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With Donald Trump as a Republican Party presidential candidate, the campaign season has been anything but boring.

From the first time he announced his candidacy, Trump has been the center of attention in the media. His recent successes in the past primaries and caucuses, have fixed Trump as the biggest target for opponents. Of the large amounts of controversies surrounding the Trump campaign, Trump’s stance on the Iraq War is taking the stage.

In the past weeks, Trump has publicly defamed former President George W. Bush for his choice to go to war in Iraq back in 2003. When questioned about the subject at town hall and his interviews, Trump responds critically over the war and the factors that led to it. However, many critics have been quick to dig up contradictory pro-war statements Trump has made in the past.

Back in 2002, during an interview with American radio and TV personality Howard Stern, Trump commented that he supported the Iraq invasion by responding, “Yeah, I guess so.” When Stern directly asked him if he was in favor of invading Iraq, Trump said “yes,” affirming the war as he did in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve.” Here’s an excerpt from his book:  

“We still don’t know what Iraq is up to or whether it has the material to build nuclear weapons. I’m no warmonger,” Trump wrote. “But the fact is, if we decide a strike against Iraq is necessary, it is madness not to carry the mission to its conclusion. When we don’t, we have the worst of all worlds: Iraq remains a threat, and now has more incentive than ever to attack us.”

These comments are far from synonymous with Trump’s recent disapproval of the Iraq War. At the New Hampshire debate on Feb. 6, Trump said, “I’m the only one up here, when the war of Iraq — in Iraq, I was the one that said, ‘don’t go, don’t do it, you’re going to destabilize the Middle East.”

Trump’s inconsistent statements about Iraq reveal an unstable candidate with conflicting views on conservative principles. He has gone on the record to defend his comments about the Iraq War, claiming that at the time he wasn’t a politician, therefore he wasn’t thoroughly informed on the issue. He also claims that he opposed the Iraq War very shortly after Stern questioned him about it, but because he was not in politics, his statements are not all documented.

In my opinion, the Republican frontrunner is full of it.

This is not the first time Trump has been challenged on an issue due to his own statements. He flip-flops his position all the time. I think it is appropriate to consider Trump as a political chameleon. He shifts his perspective in whichever way it favors those whose support he is currently seeking.

Some may argue that this is a fundamental campaign strategy, however Trump simultaneously alienates people when he directly contradicts himself. It makes him seem uneducated on fundamental political policies. This is obviously troublesome for someone who is running for the highest-ranking office in politics. His inability to clearly articulate his stance on policies pin him as an unreliable choice as the leader of our country.