Monday, September 7, 2020

Trump's 'long history' disparaging military

Michael Kranish at the Washington Post documents: Trump, under fire for alleged comments about veterans, has a long history of disparaging military service.

Long before Trump’s views of the military would emerge as a flash point in his 2020 reelection campaign — before he would shock the political world with the more widely seen 2015 attack on McCain, in which he said the senator was “not a war hero” and declared, “I like people who weren’t captured” — Trump had a long track record of incendiary and disparaging remarks about veterans and military service.

Many of his remarks are memorialized in television interviews and the tapes of radio conversations with shock jocks, dating to his years as a private citizen and businessman.

Trump, who avoided military service by citing a bone spur in his foot, has disparaged veterans who were wounded or captured or went missing in action and even compared his fear of sexually transmitted diseases to the experience of a soldier, saying in 1993, “if you’re young, and in this era, and if you have any guilt about not having gone to Vietnam, we have our own Vietnam. It’s called the dating game.”

It is a history filled with contradictions, of a man who denigrates his handpicked generals while saying no one supports the military more than he does, and of a commander in chief who questions the bravery of some soldiers …

The White House issued the following statement in response to questions for this story: “President Trump has nothing but the utmost, solemn respect for our nation’s military. He lauds their heroism and has consistently been the strongest advocate for our veterans and active servicemen and women.”

Boy, is that a crock. A lost of Trump’s negativity toward the military is out in print or video. So Trump’s bitching and the RNC’s misinforming is fallacious right at the start.

Oh, yes. You might ask what qualifies me to make judgments about Trump’s (lack of) military service. How about my three and a half years in the US Army including two tours in the Far East. So I do take Trump’s pissing on the U.S. military more than just a little personal.

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