Code Pink praises Donald Trump after debate

Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence on Trump threats to sue accusers: He's entitled to defend reputation Campaign manager: Trump team vetting cabinet members Clinton gets birthday cheer on Hispanic variety show MORE is being praised by Code Pink, a group working to end U.S. wars and militarism that has protested the Iraq War.

Trump garnered support from the organization during the GOP debate Saturday night when he called the Iraq War a mistake and accused the George W. Bush administration of lying before the invasion.

"Obviously the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake," Trump said during the debate.

"George Bush made a mistake," the billionaire continued. "Obviously we can make mistakes, but that one was a beauty."

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

“It felt surreal to hear Donald Trump, the leading Republican contender for President, saying what we at CODEPINK 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 the group uses in a campaign called "Bring out war dollars home."

"It was wild," she said.

Benjamin also told the Huffington Post that Trump has gone farther on the issue than Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersWebb: The race to 270 Arizona and Georgia: Not swing states — yet The American electorate is pulling apart MORE. But she added that this might not be the best way to win votes.

"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,” Benjamin said.

“I only wish that the bed was as YUGE as Trump's bank account. Most of the country should fit in that bed.”