As the bodies of four soldiers who died in Niger on October 4th returned home to Dover Air Force Base over the weekend, Donald Trump was playing golf at his course in Virginia. He didn’t tweet anything about these four brave men. In fact, he hasn’t really said much of anything about them since they were tragically killed earlier this month.
Instead, Trump’s spent most of his time tweeting attacks against the First Amendment, the NFL, officials in Puerto Rico, Senator Bob Corker, and trying to brag about himself.
On Monday, Trump was finally confronted with the fact that he’s mostly ignored the deadliest attack on U.S. military personnel since he took office — and he continued his pattern of appalling disrespect he’s shown toward our country, our military, and our veterans.
Instead of giving a brief statement where he expressed sympathy for their families, while confirming that he planned to call and send letters to them in the near future, Trump did what he always does: he made it about him.
It’s always about him.
As conservative Bill Kristol pointed out during a panel discussion on MSNBC, during Trump’s statement about the four fallen troops, he said the word “I” roughly 18 times.
He also slandered former presidents, specifically Barack Obama, when he blatantly lied (he later said he wasn’t sure — proving he just makes crap up to make himself look good) by saying his predecessors didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers — but he did.
“Other presidents did not call, they would write letters, and some presidents didn’t do anything,” Trump said. “I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter.”
That’s classic Trump.
To make himself look better than everyone who’s come before him, he lied by claiming that “other presidents did not call,” “some didn’t do anything,” while saying likes to do a “combination of a call and also a letter.”
Whenever Trump’s faced with trying to make an excuse for something that’s inexcusable, his go-to move is to either lash out at those who are calling him out or attack others, usually by claiming what he’s done/hasn’t done isn’t as bad/is better than what they have.
This is a “Commander-in-Chief” who managed to take what should’ve been a somber moment for a president to display leadership while talking about four soldiers who died fighting for this country, and turned it into another ego-stroking spectacle where he shamefully slandered past presidents and used the deaths of these men to try to make himself look good.
While Trump’s supporters foolishly view him as an “America-first president” who has the utmost respect for our country and our military, nothing could be further from the truth. Donald Trump is someone who:
- Used multiple deferments to avoid fighting in Vietnam.
- Mocked legitimate war hero, and Vietnam War veteran, Sen. John McCain, saying he doesn’t consider him a war hero because “he likes people who weren’t captured.”
- Attacked Gold Star parents of an American solider who died fighting in Iraq.
- Spent months lying about donating money to veterans groups, only doing so after the media discovered he hadn’t given them any money.
- Used raising money for veterans groups as a shield to protect himself from criticism after he decided to skip a GOP presidential debate because Fox News wouldn’t give in to his demand to pull Megyn Kelly as one of the event’s moderators.
- Said he had “always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” a medal given to those who’ve been wounded or died in combat.
- Has claimed he knows more about terrorism than our generals.
- Stood in front of a monument honoring members of the CIA who’ve died in the line of duty — then spent most of the time giving a partisan political speech where he focused on his electoral college margin of victory and inauguration crowd size.
- Has repeatedly criticized and attacked the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies for saying that Russia was behind the cyber attacks against our nation during the 2016 election.
- Frequently attacks the First Amendment by accusing protesters of being paid agitators, undermines the credibility of the American press because it refuses to act as his own state-run media, and has actually called into question whether or not licenses can be revoked for the news networks that don’t report what he likes.
Donald Trump is someone who would rather praise a serial-killing tyrant who hates us, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, than praise our own past leaders. Someone who’s shown, time after time, that he has no problem using veterans and our military as props to bring positive attention on himself or shield him from criticism. He’s a person who turns nearly every situation where any normal person would be somber, empathetic, and humble into a shameful spectacle where he makes it all about him and how great he claims to be.
Over and over again, this “president” has proven that the only person he cares about is himself. Every thought and decision he makes is centered around one deranged principle: whatever makes him look good and is in his best interests.
Even if that means lying about and slandering past presidents, using our military and veterans as props, undermining the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies, and embarrassing this country on a daily basis.