This Memorial Day, Republicans Have No Right to Claim They Respect Our Fallen Soldiers

I could write several books about nothing more than why I oppose the Republican party and almost everything for which they stand. While I don’t disagree with everything, the party has become an embarrassment to this country. Even as someone who follows politics as closely as I do, it still boggles my mind how so many people in this country support this party.

That being said, on this Memorial Day, much more so than others, Republicans have no right to claim that they “respect and honor” our fallen soldiers. Not with Donald Trump as their party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

You can go ahead and forget nearly everything Trump has said or done since announcing his candidacy. It’s all been well-documented and discussed countless times before. However, the one thing he’s said that should have instantly disqualified him from even remotely being a viable candidate was when he mocked Sen. John McCain’s war record.

I don’t care about McCain’s politics, but it’s undeniable that he put his life on the line and fought for this country. He then endured torture for five and a half years as a POW. He is, without a doubt, an American hero and one of the many veterans we all honor on this day. Though we should honor these brave men and women every day.

Yet, Trump mocked the idea that McCain is a war hero because, as he put it, he likes people who weren’t captured.

While he was specifically talking about McCain, this nation has had tens of thousands of heroic soldiers who were POWs – thousands of whom died in captivity and are justly honored today. Using Trump’s exact words, he doesn’t believe any of these people are actually heroes.

Again, Trump flat-out said that he doesn’t think these tens of thousands of POWs (and even some who are still currently active members of the military) are heroes because, you know, they “were captured.”

He said this – then Republican voters overwhelmingly chose him as their party’s presidential candidate.

Oh, then there was the stunt he pulled a few months ago when he used raising money for veterans as a political prop to shield himself from criticism after he pulled out of a debate because he was scared of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. Then he was recently busted lying about the amount of money he actually raised.

To summarize: Donald Trump literally said he doesn’t consider POWs war heroes, used veterans as a political prop because he was scared to deal with a journalist during a presidential debate and knowingly lied about how much money he raised for veterans to make himself look better. He did all of that — then steamrolled his way to the Republican party’s presidential nomination.

So, on this Memorial Day, these Republicans who support Donald Trump don’t have a right to claim they honor and respect our fallen soldiers. Not after nominating someone who’s mocked tens of thousands of POWs – thousands of whom died in captivity – and used veterans as political props to mask his own cowardice.

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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