Donald Trump continues to work harder than ever in making sure he offends everyone at least once in 2016, with some new offensive comments about every single active and retired serviceman and woman in America.
While he was actually speaking to a room full of veterans, he made the remarks that our servicemen and women who return from duty suffering from PTSD are weak, and “can’t handle it.”
When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it.
You could have heard a pin drop in the room afterwards. Trump not only insulted veterans who have been in combat, but the multitudes who have not as well. His implication that some of our military people aren’t strong enough to handle the potential responsibilities of their job covers everyone — even if you were assigned a desk instead of a gun.
Remember, Donald Trump got four draft deferments from Vietnam before being ultimately disqualified from serving in 1968 because he had a sore foot. Trump also called the alleged sexual promiscuity of his youth, and the risk of getting STD’s as a result, his own “personal Vietnam.” He wouldn’t know what it meant to serve his country if it jumped up and slapped the wig off his head, let alone be qualified to judge others who have served.
Lt. General Michael Flynn, who is now a Trump goon, issued a statement criticizing the media for their verbatim reporting of the actual words Trump said, and then placing the blame for factual reporting being a thing that exists on Hillary Clinton.
The media continues to operate as the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton as they took Mr. Trump’s words out of context in order to deceive voters and veterans—an appalling act that shows they are willing to go to any length to carry water for their candidate of choice. Mr. Trump was highlighting the challenges veterans face when returning home after serving their country. He has always respected the service and sacrifice of our military men and women—proposing reforms to Veteran Affairs to adequately address the various issues veterans face when they return home.
Veterans don’t need Donald Trump, or anyone else, to highlight their problems. They’ve been highlighted for years with no results. However, Trump could have just spoken about the issues. Instead, he chose to talk about the people when he suggested they’re weak, flawed, and just can’t deal with what war did to them. That’s really all anyone needs to remember. When it came time to talk about veteran PTSD, Trump blamed the victim one more time.