Of all the things Donald Trump has said or done over the course of his campaign, the one thing that I feel exposes the true hypocrisy and ignorance of the average Republican voter was when he mocked Sen. John McCain’s war record, saying that he didn’t consider POWs war heroes because he “likes people who weren’t captured.”
Think about that for a moment.
Across all of our wars, there have been thousands of POWs who fit into the category of “people who got captured.” Yet, according to Trump’s literal words, he doesn’t consider these folks heroes because they were captured. There’s no gray area with what he said; the context of his statement speaks for itself. Donald Trump blatantly stated that he doesn’t consider POWs heroes because he “likes people who weren’t captured.”
It’s mind-boggling that a presidential candidate could say something like that and still manage to win his party’s nomination.
Well, Trump being Trump, he’s often tried to exploit veterans for his own political benefit. We all saw this a few months ago when he tried to cover up the fact that he was terrified to face Fox News’ Megyn Kelly during a debate when he skipped the event, instead choosing to hold a fundraiser to raise money for veterans.
Anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense could tell that this stunt was nothing but Trump using veterans to try to shield himself from criticism for skipping a crucial GOP debate.
Since that event, Trump has frequently bragged about the “$6 million” he raised for veterans.
Of course, it’s all been a lie.
While Trump did raise money for veterans, he only raised $4.5 million – or 75 percent of what he’s been bragging about all this time. Apparently, several of Trump’s big-money friends who promised they were going to donate backed out, though the campaign is refusing to name those people or which groups have been the recipients of this money.
Naturally, some veterans groups were not at all pleased with Trump’s exaggerations.
Chairman of VoteVets.org, and Iraq War Veteran, Jon Soltz said this in a press release:
Donald Trump is a cheap fraud. In a classic fraud move, made himself look good to the public, by lying to the American people, and veterans, about how much he raised for veterans’ groups, when he hid behind them to get out of the GOP debate. He said he raised $6 million. Now, when investigated by reporters, he finally admits that he overstated the amount by millions, and never raised what he told people he did. In fact, there may still be groups who are waiting for their check.
We now need to presume that he is lying about how much he claims he has given to veterans over the years, and that’s part of the reason he won’t release his taxes. Releasing them would likely show that he’s not given as much to veterans’ groups over the years as he claims – if he’s even given to them at all. Another lie and another fraud.
While some may dismiss this as, “What’s the big deal, it’s only $1.5 million – he still raised a lot of money,” the point is that he’s knowingly been lying this entire time. Furthermore, if he’s worth “$10 billion” as he often brags about, why can’t he just cut a check for $1.5 million to fulfill the promise he’s been making to veterans all these months about the money he raised?
I also like the point Soltz brings up related to Trump’s taxes.
While there are many things in Trump’s tax returns that I truly believe he wants to keep hidden, how much he’s actually donated to veterans over the years is definitely something that’s worth noting – especially considering how often he’s tried to use veterans as political props to boost his campaign. As Soltz brought up, we really should wonder what he’s hiding in his tax returns that he’s obviously terrified to release.
Again, I know it sounds like this is nitpicking over $1.5 million, but this is all part of a much larger issue with Donald Trump. This is someone who constantly seems to lie or greatly exaggerate the truth – almost all the time – to make himself look better. That’s a telltale sign of a person who’s incredibly egotistical, a narcissist and someone who’s just not mentally sound enough to be this nation’s president.