Code Pink: Trump Deserves the 'Pink Badge of Courage'

“It felt surreal to hear the leading Republican contender for President saying what we've have been shouting for 14 years."

Republican candidate Donald Trump scored big in last Saturday night's GOP debate with one unexpected group - the radical anti-war organization Code Pink, according to The Hill.

Trump seemed to meet with some audience approval during the debate when he denounced former President George W. Bush for the "big, fat mistake" of invading Iraq: "George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes, but that one was a beauty." But conservatives were taken aback when he then strongly declared that Bush took us to war on a "lie" about Saddam Hussein harboring WMDs - a comment that elicited boos from the audience:

“They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons mass destruction."

But Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said in an email to the Huffington Post that she "loved" what she heard in the debate:

“It felt surreal to hear Donald Trump, the leading Republican contender for President, saying what we at CODE PINK have been shouting to the winds for 14 years now: that Bush and his cronies lied about WMDs, that the Iraq war was catastrophic, and that Bush never 'kept us safe' because 9/11 happened on his watch.”

Benjamin said that she also agrees with Trump that the war wasted money that could have been used to rebuild the country's infrastructure -- a theme Code Pink uses in a campaign called "Bring our war dollars home."

"It was wild," she said.

But Benjamin also told HuffPost that she has other issues with Trump:

"He certainly won't win over the anti-war crowd with his Islamophobia and anti-immigrant tirades. But on this issue, I'd give him a Pink Badge of Courage."