Donald Trump is Now Making a Habit of Exploiting Veterans for His Own Self Promotion

donald-trump-2016-gopThere are many ways to describe Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. From racist, to sexist, to pathological liar – there’s a whole litany of adjectives in the English language that exist to describe the current Republican frontrunner. And while many of those are subjective, there’s one that’s undeniable: He’s a master self-promoter. I’ve watched a ton of Trump interviews over the last few months and I can’t recall a single one where at least half of the time he wasn’t bragging about how great he is and how everyone else is “pathetic” or a “loser.”

His arrogance is often so over-the-top I really do sometimes wonder how much is for show and how much of it is legitimate.

Well, in a disgusting move to seemingly feed his own ego, try to embarrass CNN and do what he does best – promote himself – Trump is now making a habit of using veterans as props for the three-ring circus he calls his presidential campaign.

You see, once again, he’s suggested that he might be open to skipping the next debate hosted by CNN unless they agree to pay him $5 million… which he would then donate to Wounded Warriors or other veterans groups.

“How about I tell CNN that I’m not gonna do the next debate?” Trump said at a campaign rally in Georgia. “I won’t do the debate unless they pay me $5 million, all of which money goes to the Wounded Warriors or to vets.”

Let me start off by saying there’s absolutely no chance he’s going to skip the next debate since that would be a political disaster. Nor is CNN going to pay him $5 million to show up to the debate, even if the money would be donated to a charity that helps veterans. That would set a very dangerous precedent going forward if presidential candidates began using blackmail or extortion to get networks to agree to ridiculous demands. Republicans already tried that following the CNBC debate and failed miserably after their ridiculous demands were mocked by practically everyone, including Fox News.

Trump used this line as nothing more than a cheap applause point, which is just pathetic. He’s trying to use our veterans as a prop to elicit a response from a crowd all for the sake of feeding his own ego. He’s worth billions, right? He could cut a check for $5 million right now and not even realize the money was gone. So if he’s so interested in giving all this money to help our veterans, why doesn’t he just do it himself?

Oh, that’s right, because it’s not really about helping the veterans. He certainly isn’t going to fork over that kind of money on his own, but he’ll happily use veterans as pawns to manipulate crowds of people gullible enough to believe the lies on which he’s built his campaign.

Besides, Stephen Colbert called out Trump at the end of October and challenged him to sign a check donating $1 million to the Harlem Children’s Zone since a million dollars is “no big deal” to Donald Trump. Of course, Trump completely ignored Colbert and the check was never signed.

It’s just Donald Trump proving once again that there really isn’t a level to which he will not stoop when it comes to stroking his own ego.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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