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Donald Trump has been outspoken and brash in the past but now his behavior has come home to roost.
While attempting to coerce the country that he is on an even newer mission to “Make America Great Again, Again” (really, Mike Pence?) he succeeded in showing how much he hates key parts of it.
Trump accusing the US senior military leadership of loving war to support manufacturers of planes and bombs is a DEADLY INSULT TO THE LEADERSHIP OF THE ARMED FORCES. These senior officers have been in combat for 20+ years since they were Captains.
— Barry R McCaffrey (@mccaffreyr3) September 8, 2020
Namely the military and its branches. Oh, and did I forget to mention that he thinks war heroes are “losers”, people who went to Vietnam are “suckers” and cannot fathom why there is a volunteer military division?
The Atlantic first published an article that claimed Donald Trump had called U.S. service members who died in combat “losers” and “suckers.”
Allow me to reintroduce your President to those who say they love America and abhor any actions that disrespect the military.
The Ultimate Disrespect
President Donald Trump launched an unprecedented public attack against the leadership of the US military on Monday.
He accused them of waging wars to boost the profits of defense manufacturing companies, in essence directly calling them war profiteers.
Here are my Top Five reasons to not reelect Trump:
1- He was impeached
2- Babies in Cages
3- Calling our Military "losers and suckers"
4- Inept Pandemic Response
5- His Corrupt Practices
What's your Top Five?
— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) September 9, 2020
“I’m not saying the military’s in love with me — the soldiers are, the top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy,” Trump told reporters at a White House news conference.
Read that again.
Donald Trump just hurled an accusation that high ranking military officials keep wars going and put American soldiers in imminent danger for profit.
Meanwhile, his own current Secretary of Defense appointee, Mark Esper, is a former defense contractor for Raytheon. More specifically, he was hired as vice president of government relations at defense in July 2010. Raytheon is one of the largest aerospace and defense manufacturers in the world by revenue and market capitalization.
Also, it has been reported that Trump referred to fallen US service members at the Aisne-Marne cemetery in crude and derogatory terms during a November 2018 trip to France. The trip was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Pres. Trump "is a transactional, narcissistic, egotistical human being who thinks only about himself… and what's in it for him," says Sen. Tammy Duckworth. "He can never understand the sacrifices of the men and women and families who have served in our nation's military." pic.twitter.com/30iQNPD5xf
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 9, 2020
A key passage of The Atlantic’s story, which reads, “In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, ‘Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.’ ” In a separate conversation on the same trip to France, The Atlantic’s story reports, Trump referred to some of the U.S. marines who are buried at the French cemetery “as ‘suckers’ for getting killed.”
Former senior Trump administration officials, who have remained anonymous, have confirmed this information to news outlets like The Atlantic, CNN, FOX News, and more.
Commander-in-Chief now stands accused of scorning the roughly 1.3 million active-duty members of the U.S. military, plus the more than eight hundred thousand people who serve in the reserves, and the roughly eighteen million veterans.
VIDEO: A 'living statue' depicting US President Donald Trump driving a golf cart over coronavirus and military themed tombstones while being followed by Fox News anchors is unveiled in Battery Park in New York pic.twitter.com/XvThIBMaBJ
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 9, 2020
He was one of the loudest in the room to condemn Colin Kaepernick for his kneeling protests back in 2017, famously saying at a speech in Alabama:
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!”
Many used patriotism and respect for the military as an excuse to bypass Kaepernick’s peaceful protest about police brutality.
Yet a year later in France, Donald Trump’s true feelings about the military come out and it seems that he is a draft dodger who escaped the Vietnam war under pretenses.
According to his former attorney, Michael Cohen, Trump claimed his medical deferment was because of a bone spur but when asked for medical records he could produce none and said there was no surgery.
So where is the outrageous national outcry? Where are the Americans who love the military that is now denouncing Trump as vehemently as they did Colin Kaepernick, who showed support for the military while protesting?
They are silent.
Presidents used to support, protect and respect our Military. tRump thinks they are suckers and losers. Our troops put everything on the line for us, they deserve better.#TrumpHatesOurTroops
— NikkiM (@Tinker_Bell_04) September 9, 2020
Although the families of the military and more are speaking about this egregious revelation, no is making the correlation to the contradiction their excoriation of Kaepernick was.
Now it is chic to kneel. Everyone does it, even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
However, during this pivotal election season, Trump utilizes the military to intimidate peaceful protestors in cities like Portland, Oregon while thinking they are war fodder on the low.
People like Kenosha killer, Kyle Rittenhouse believe Trump deputizes them daily to “Make America Great Again” with his charged rhetoric and lack of empathy.
Keep that same energy for Donald Trump that you had for manufactured hate of the military and flag via Colin Kaepernick.
The President has made it easier for you to see who the true enemies of the State are, both foreign and domestic.