In the wake of Donald Trump spitting on the strength and honor of a gold star family and besmirching the illustrious career of a Four-Star Marine General, many Americans are questioning Trump’s service and sacrifice to his country. They shouldn’t. Trump earned his chops while suffering the slings and arrows of his own personal Vietnam by avoiding sexually transmitted diseases when dating.
No, this isn’t a spoof article. He really said that.
To say that Trump has a perverse sense of service is a radical understatement.
In November 1966, over 360,000 American troops and 60,000 sailors were stationed in or around Vietnam. About 6,000 servicemen had been killed. And Donald Trump was classified 1-A, “available for service.” But he received his 3rd student deferment for the draft three weeks later. By 1968, the American death rate in Vietnam had tripled, and Trump earned the coveted 1-Y medical deferment for a heel spur. A heel spur!! Didn’t stop him from playing any sports. And while hundreds of thousands of Americans fought overseas, he had been spent his time buying and selling Philadelphia fixer-uppers and working for daddy.
Let’s compare this to John McCain, who Trump insists is “not a war hero.”
While Trump was dodging the draft, John McCain‘s bomber was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. The impact broke his right leg and both his arms. He was captured by the North Vietnamese, and allowed to languish with his injuries until they discovered that his father was a high-ranking Navy admiral. They eventually operated on him, perhaps causing more harm than good — you can still see his limp today. For a few years, McCain was brutally tortured every 2–3 hours and kept in solitary confinement in a box smaller than most of Trump’s bathtubs. McCain came home after 5 years as a prisoner of war, and stayed in the Navy, continuing his life of public service as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, and the U.S. Senate where he has remained since 1986. John McCain is, by every measure, the model of service.
Last week, Trump lashed out against ret. General John Allen, who sharply criticized Trump’s menagerie of dangerous foreign policy and military stances. “You know who he is?” Trump mocked, “He’s a failed general.” Thirty-seven years in the marines, two tours of duty, multiple medals of honor, and the rank of four-star general. Meanwhile, Trump wouldn’t have even lasted 3 minutes in basic training.
Trump has no genuine, honest respect for the men and women who serve. Need more proof? Trump accepted a purple heart today (Featured image) and bragged “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” He also kicked out a mom because her baby was crying, and let a 10-year-old girl repeatedly scream “Take the b*tch down!” every time Trump mentioned Hillary Clinton, but that’s another show.
Trump has an equally incomprehensible sense of sacrifice.
Khizr Khan, father of a slain American-Muslim soldier, challenges Trump’s vilification of Muslims and questions his sense of sacrifice, and Trump responds by denigrating his wife. Then Trump argues he’s made a lifetime of sacrifices. “I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success.”
Billionaire Warren Buffet introduced Hillary Clinton on August 1 in Omaha, excoriating Trump for his lack of sacrifice. “How in the world can you stand up to a couple of parents who lost a son and talk about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings?” Buffett asked. “Donald Trump and I haven’t sacrificed anything,” he went on. “No member of the Buffett family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan. No member of the Trump family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan.”
Just hours before Mr. Buffett’s speech, we published that every journalist in the country should be asking Trump the infamous question with which Joseph Welch took down Joseph McCarthy. It must be telling that Buffett used the same question just hours later. Trump clearly has no sense of decency.
Trump is unfit to serve as President.
Those aren’t our words. President Obama issued them just hours after Buffett lambasted Trump. Just hours before that, John McCain accused Trump of defaming the Khan family, and insisted that Trump does not represent the GOP.
Trump’s campaign is a tumbling house of cards. As Obama explained in his conference,
“I think what’s been interesting is the repeated denunciations of [Trump’s] statements by leading Republicans. If you are repeatedly having to say, in very strong terms, that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?
This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe, this is daily, and weekly, where they are distancing themselves from statements he is making.
There has to be a point in which you say ‘This is not somebody I can support for President of the United States.’ There has to be a point in which you say ‘Enough.’
We’ve been reporting for the last two weeks on Trump’s Presidential bid. Trump is one of the worst liars in all of American politics. One of his biggest whoppers is that Hillary Clinton is the biggest liar. He has ripped off American workers and investors to the tune of $2.1 billion. He has destroyed e-mail evidence in a lawsuit. He hires foreign workers and outsources manufacturing despite promising to bring jobs home. His plan for U.S. debt is the same Ponzi scheme he used to bankrupt his casino empire. He has revealed over the past few days that he is a hypocritical bully who gives himself full license to lash out at anyone and everyone, but throws a nuclear temper tantrum if anyone has the temerity to respond in kind. And here, we’ve shown that he hasn’t the least respect for the service and sacrifice of our fellow patriots.
Mr. Trump, you’re fired.