During Saturday night’s debate, Donald Trump went full Michael Moore on the Iraq war. “I’m the only one on this stage that said, ‘Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq.’ Nobody else on this stage said that,” Trump remarked. “And I said it loud and strong. And I was in the private sector. I wasn’t a politician, fortunately.”
This, sadly, is false. There is no evidence that Trump said loudly or otherwise that going into Iraq would be a mistake. In fact, he said before the war that he wanted Saddam Hussein ousted: “I’m no warmonger. But the fact is, if we decide a strike against Iraq is necessary, it is madness not to carry the mission to its conclusion.” Trump’s opposition to the war began in August 2004, when that was a popular viewpoint.