Republicans Should be Ashamed that Donald Trump is Exploiting Veterans to Mask His Cowardice

trump-megyn-kellyAs most people are well aware, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has decided to skip tonight’s debate over a spat with Fox News concerning his objection to Megyn Kelly being one of the moderators. He basically threw a giant hissy fit because the network wouldn’t cater to his ego and bow down to his demand to remove Kelly as a moderator for the debate.

Trump figured he could make his threats (like he has in the past) and Fox News would give in like most everyone else seems to do. Well, Fox News didn’t cave, so Trump decided to act like a petulant child and skip the last debate just days before Iowans go to the polls to vote.

Though what’s bothered me most about all of this is that he decided to stage his own event “for the veterans,” essentially exploiting them to mask his own cowardice. This is something he does nearly every time he’s gone up against a network prior to a debate. A few months ago he threatened to boycott a CNN debate unless they donated $5 million to the Wounded Warriors. And why did he try to blackmail CNN? Because, as he claims, they “don’t treat him properly.”

Each time he’s threatened to skip a debate because he feels “slighted” by a network (and by slighted I mean they treat him like they do everyone else) his first move is to always try to use veterans as a shield from criticism. Because it’s a lot harder to attack him when he’s going to be spending his time raising money to help those who’ve served our country.

Make no mistake about it, this event has nothing to do with helping veterans. If it did, he wouldn’t have scheduled it right at the start of the Republican presidential debate. This whole spectacle tonight is about nothing more than Donald Trump using veterans to try to protect himself from some criticism and to get attention from the media by using the brave men and women who’ve served this country as props for his own petty nonsense.

And the truth is, the Republican party should be ashamed of this.

If Trump wants to have these asinine spats with the media, that’s fine. That’s who he is and the voters can decide for themselves whether or not they want to elect someone who acts like a buffoon. But for him to continually bring veterans into these conflicts to try to protect himself is appalling. And it’s rather pathetic that more members of his party – and the media – aren’t calling him out for doing so. You have to be an absolute fool to not recognize what he’s doing and exactly why he’s doing it.

It’s just a shame that the Republican party has apparently reached such an utterly pathetic and sad level of ethics that even when their leading presidential candidate purposely sets out to exploit veterans, all for the sake of protecting his bloated ego, almost no one within the party has the courage to stand up and call him out for doing so.

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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