Of all the things Donald Trump has said during his campaign, the one comment that sticks out to me most was his blatant disrespect for veterans, and in particular POWs, when he said that Sen. John McCain wasn’t a war hero because he “likes people who weren’t captured.” However, as we all know, that hasn’t been the only disrespect Trump has shown to our military and vets. Not only did he use veterans to hide his own cowardice when he decided to skip a presidential debate, but he lied about how much money he had raised for them, then insulted Gold Star parents of an American hero who died fighting in Iraq.
Yet, despite all of this, his supporters constantly make excuses for the continued disrespect he’s shown toward our military and veterans that they would never let a Democrat get away with.
Think about this: Republicans threw a fit when President Obama saluted Marines while holding a cup of coffee. Now just imagine what their reaction would have been if he had said POWs weren’t American heroes then belittled Gold Star parents.
They would have gone ballistic.
If someone wants to support Donald Trump, that’s fine. However, if they’re going to support Trump, they damn sure can’t say they have respect for our military and our veterans.
These folks can believe whatever lies they want in a sad attempt to convince themselves that they’re not supporting someone who didn’t mock POWs; didn’t use veterans to protect himself from political backlash because he was afraid to face Megyn Kelly; and didn’t disgustingly attack the parents of someone who died fighting for this country — but that doesn’t change the fact that he did all of that.
No presidential candidate in modern history — if ever — has shown such blatant disrespect for our military and its veterans like Donald Trump has during his campaign.
Just ask WWII veteran and former POW Joel Sollender, who’s featured in a powerful video Hillary Clinton’s campaign recently released. In it, Sollender describes the circumstances that took place prior to his being captured by Nazis.
“Ultimately I was captured after knocking out a bunker with a grenade,” Sollender states.
He then discussed some of the worst parts of being a POW, saying, “It was mainly hunger, and cold, and worrying whether the Germans were going to hurt us again.”
The video ends with Sollender saying of Trump, “He’s everything I would not want to be, or emulate and I would hope we would not adulate a man like him.”
If you have a minute, definitely check it out. It’s something that needs to be watched more than simply read about.
The sad part about all of this is seeing people twist the exact words Trump used to imply that he didn’t mean all POWs — just McCain. That or they’ll claim he was just “being sarcastic” and didn’t mean it.
Following this entire Trump circus has been one of the most mind-numbing experiences of my life. These are people who just make stuff up, claim that exactly what you’re seeing and hearing isn’t actually what you’re seeing and hearing, then jump through hoops making excuses for Trump when you damn well know if any other politician had said or done what he has, they would have lost their damn minds.
Hell, Hillary Clinton accurately pointed out that a good part (she said “half” but I’ve maintained it’s more than that) of Trump’s supporters fall into one or more of a “basket of deplorables” (racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, Islamophobic) and they’re still whining about that.
But it’s okay for Trump to say POWs aren’t war heroes because he “likes people who weren’t captured”?
Spare me this fake outrage from these ridiculous hypocrites who’ve chosen to proudly support a presidential candidate that history will look back upon with shame and embarrassment.
Watch the video via the Clinton campaign below:
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