Moulton Responds to Donald Trump's Praise of Saddam Hussein

Latest piece of bile from Donald Trump is personal


Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), a Marine veteran who served four tours of duty in Iraq, released the following statement in response to Donald Trump's latest outrageous statement, this time praising Saddam Hussein: 

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Whether you agreed or disagreed with the Iraq War, here's a sentence you would never hear from someone who served there: 'Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, but…' There is no but. He was one of the worst dictators of the 20th century, a highly exclusive club whose membership required a commitment to evil and an exceedingly high body count. 

Yet last night, we heard that very sentence from the mouth of a candidate for President of the United States. 

As an Iraq war veteran, I take Donald Trump's latest piece of bile personally. This man, by virtue of his electoral victories, is a serious candidate for President of the United States. Yet he lavishes praise on people like Vladimir Putin, whose efforts to destabilize Syria are threatening to empower another vicious dictator who is responsible for the death of nearly half a million innocent civilians, and Kim Jong-un, an early frontrunner for worst dictator of the 21st century. 

But in his admiration of Saddam Hussein, Donald Trump has crossed a previously inviolate line: praising the leadership of an enemy combatant directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service members. Some of these service members, as well as the thousands who gave their lives in the years after Saddam Husseinm met his own deserved end, were my friends. All of them were ten times the men and women that Trump could ever hope to be.

Seth Moulton

July 6, 2016