After a long weekend of getting seared by the press and social media about his leaked 1995 tax returns, Donald Trump came out determined to shift the discussion elsewhere. And he did, by opening a never been tried before attack AGAINST our nations vets, by questioning the strength of those who returned from the battlefield with post-traumatic stress disorder.
And the thing is, this isn’t even the first time he’s went after those who have sacrificed for our country. Back when Trump was just one of many candidates in the GOP field, he went off, with no prodding at all, on GOP Senator John McCain, explaining that “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, ok? I hate to tell you.”
Donald Trump doesn’t like our POW’s or our MIA’s. His words, not mine.
It wasn’t his second attack, either:
After the Democratic National Convention, when Khzir Khan angrily shook a pocket-sized Constitution in front of the cameras, questioning whether he had actually read any of it, Trump decided to take on a Gold Star family. This caused even GOP Senator Lindsey Graham to step back and point out that “there used to be some things that were sacred in American politics — that you don’t do — like criticizing the parents of a fallen soldier even if they criticize you.”
As he was in the midst of his Twitter feud with the Khan’s, he was gifted a Purple Heart by one of his supporters at a rally, leading him to say that he “always wanted to get the Purple Heart“, despite having received five deferments from the Vietnam War, four for being in school, before receiving a medical deferment to insure he wouldn’t have to serve. That the party that once mocked the Purple Heart received by then-Senator John Kerry didn’t explode in outrage at that very moment shows just how contemptible* the GOP has become since it’s take-over by the Tea Party.
(* I’d have said “deplorable”, but that word has become a badge of honor among the Trump faithful)
He made up for his lack of national service by partying away in New York City’s club scene in the 80’s, telling Howard Stern that his experience in the there was akin to his own personal Vietnam:
There’s really no other way to say this: The Republican party candidate Donald Trump seems to have it in his mind that the key to winning the presidential election is to gather votes from the untapped “people against our vets” demographic.
If there weren’t so many other, more pressing reasons why he shouldn’t be elected president, then his comments about war and our soldiers should seal the deal. And while he’ll continue to duck questions about his tax returns, his surrogates need to be forced to explain their way out of those statements whenever appear on TV to stump for their candidate.