Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and stood by the enhanced interrogation tactics used during the Bush administration, saying he “would do it again in a minute.”
Cheney also disputed the findings of the Democrat-led Senate report that the tactics did not produce valuable information.
“It worked,” he said. “It absolutely did work.”
NBC host Chuck Todd smugly asked Cheney for his definition of torture, and was quickly schooled on what would constitute real torture.
His response was gripping.
“Well, torture to me, Chuck, is an American citizen on a cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the trade center in the New York on 9/11,” the former vice president responded.
When Todd countered by asking whether the practice of “rectal rehydration” meets the definition of torture, Cheney again shut him down.
“I’ve told you what meets the definition of torture,” Cheney replied. “It’s what 19 guys armed with airline tickets and box cutters did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11.”
Cheney’s steadfastness invoked a venomous reaction from the left on social media. We haven’t seen such hatred since the height of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” Here are a sampling of responses, as seen on Twitter:
Dear Dick Cheney, Please die soon. Sincerely, Sensible, genuine human beings
— Broken Internet (@PopeJohnLiamVII) December 14, 2014
@meetthepress @jwomack Every time Dick Cheney raises his head in public I want to put salt on his back so I can watch him curl up and die.
— Charlie Stross (@cstross) December 14, 2014
When is Dick Cheney going to die??? Doesn’t he have like a fake heart or some bullshit?
— Amber Rose (@ambuurrrose) December 14, 2014
Wow, #DickCheney is trending on @Twitter! Did that #neocon TRAITOR die?? (prepares to celebrate). Nope, he didn’t!! https://t.co/QOCv9cLy36
— Rebel Eyes (@RebelEyes1776) December 14, 2014
One tweet took hate to a whole new level, siding with Islamic State terrorist who behead small children over CIA agents.
Dick Cheney says CIA interrogators were heroes. I say IS executioners are heroes! Problem? Die in your hypocritical rage. #FreeShamiWitness
— Shami Witness, Jr. (@ShamiWitness_Jr) December 14, 2014
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