Tea Partier On Lead Up To Iraq War: ‘We Have To Trust Our Leaders’ (VIDEO)

Months after suggesting that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love America the way we do,” a prominent tea party leader on Tuesday made a case for placing trust in the commander-in-chief during a discussion about the intelligence failures that lead to the Iraq War.

Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, told CNN that former President George W. Bush wasn’t the only elected official making a case for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and said that the citizenry can “never have enough intelligence.” But ultimately, Kremer argued, the American people have no choice but to show some faith in the president.

“The American people, I don’t think, have any alternative but to believe our president. That’s why he’s been elected,” Kremer said. “And I certainly hope we never go down this road ever again because you never wanna lose any lives and there’s always unintended consequences.”

Kremer later drew a convoluted connection between 9/11 and the Iraq War, which she asserted “no one wanted.” She then returned to her previous point.

“We have to trust our leaders,” Kremer said. “I think that’s really the only alternative we have.”

Kremer didn’t seem to show such deference toward the current President’s authority last August, writing in a tweet that Mitt Romney loves America more than Obama. She stood by the tweet in a subsequent appearance on CNN.

“I just don’t believe that he loves America the way that we do,” Kremer said during that appearance.

 

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