In a recent speech in Florida that quickly drew condemnation, former President Donald Trump described foreign terror groups and their allies opposing Israel as “smart.” He also applied the same moniker specifically to the terror organization Hezbollah, which operates in Lebanon, which is immediately to the north of Israel. He wasn’t morally endorsing their aims, rather trying to cast their actions as strategically impressive — which is also a ridiculous assertion.
The terrorism has driven nothing but further bloodshed. Did Trump think the 9/11 hijackers were “smart” too? Andrew Bates, a spokesperson with the Biden administration, questioned Trump’s connection to the basic elements of being an American, obviously casting his fitness for the presidency, which he’s seeking once again, into doubt. “Statements like this are dangerous and unhinged,” Bates said. “It’s completely lost on us why any American would ever praise an Iran-backed terrorist organization as ‘smart.’ Or have any objection to the United States warning terrorists not to attack Israel. Especially now as Israel is fighting back against one of the worst acts of mass murder in the country’s history.”
Another to condemn Trump was former GOP Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who became known for opposing Trump from within the Republican Party.
“After Hamas slaughters hundreds of Jewish families, and Israel confronts an unprecedented security crisis, Donald Trump attacks the Israeli govt and praises Hezbollah terrorists. Are Republicans really going to nominate this dangerous man to be President of the United States?” Cheney asked on X (Twitter).
White House torches Donald Trump’s new comments on Israel & Hezbollah.
“Statements like this are dangerous and unhinged. It’s completely lost on us why any American would ever praise an Iran-backed terrorist organization as ‘smart,’” says White House spokesman @AndrewJBates46. https://t.co/rf7dQfF9pk pic.twitter.com/wWknRp8DK6
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 12, 2023