There is no excuse for the President of the United States to ever disrespect the service of anyone who has served in the military with honor, no less anyone who has given their life for this nation. It is the supreme sacrifice that too many men and women have made to keep this nation free and safe and to ensure that our democracy continues.

President Donald Trump has made a mockery of that tradition. Even before he was elected he made fun of Senator John McCain’s service when he was captured and held as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam war. “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Again before he was elected, he made comments about a Gold Star mother when she was unable to say anything as she stood by her husband her profound grief still palpable while he spoke at the Democratic convention.  In an ABC interview, he attacked both parents of Humayun Khan who died in service to this nation, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

This week he suggested that past Presidents hadn’t called military families like he had stating that he had called each and every family that had lost a loved one. According to AP, that is not true:

AP found relatives of four soldiers who died overseas during Trump’s presidency who said they never received calls from him. Relatives of two also confirmed they did not get letters. And proof is plentiful that Barack Obama and George W. Bush — saddled with far more combat casualties than the roughly two dozen so far under Trump — took painstaking steps to write, call or meet bereaved military families.

After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences and wrote him that “some days I don’t want to live.”

 

Yesterday Trump did indeed call the widow of a Sgt. La David Johnson, a soldier who was killed in Niger two weeks ago.  Unfortunately, Trump showed nothing but disrespect when, according to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson who was there listening via speakerphone, he said that her husband (whose name he did not mention) “knew what he signed up for.”

Trump won the vote of veterans by 2 to 1. He has shown them nothing but disrespect. I am curious as to their silence and willingness to continue to support a buffoon who cares nothing for their sacrifice or what they are sacrificing for.

Veterans for Trump?  Really?

-Jan Harrison

 

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