By: Manny Otiko, IVN Staff Writer
In the Trump administration, there is always another scandal just around the corner. The latest involves President Donald Trump making disparaging comments about service members. According to a bombshell report in The Atlantic, Trump referred to military members as “losers” and “suckers.” The article also claims that Trump refused to visit graves for soldiers killed in Europe because it was raining and did not want to mess up his hair.
“In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, ‘Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.’ In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as ‘suckers’ for getting killed,” said Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg.
Trump also could not understand why Gen. John Kelly’s son died for his country in Afghanistan. Trump said, “I don’t get it.” Kelly served in the Trump administration.
As shocking as these comments are, they are believable. There are plenty of incidents where Trump was captured on tape saying the same thing. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he was recorded demeaning the late Sen. John McCain who was shot down, held prisoner, and tortured during the Vietnam war. Trump said McCain was not a war hero and he “liked people who weren’t captured.”
Trump also threatened to disown his children Don. Jr. and Tiffany if they “wasted their lives” by joining the military. (This is included in ex-wife Marla Maples’ prenuptial agreement.)
Naturally, Trump denies making these comments, even though many of them are on tape. Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who has a reputation for telling bald-faced lies, is already making the rounds on various talk shows defending the president.
Her appearance on “The View” was full of lies and errors. She said she had never heard the president make such comments, but later admitted that she was not with the president when he refused to visit the war grave in Europe. She also claimed that the president personally called the parents of people killed in the war. But military protocol requires the family to be told in person first.
Like many Trump administration officials, Sanders frequently repeats propaganda, which is far from accurate. Many Trump officials claim the president created the lowest unemployment rate for African Americans, but this is incorrect.
“The total unemployment rate is quite low, at 4.1 percent. That’s not a record, but for comparison with that African-American rate, it is near its lowest point since 1972,” according to a 2018 NPR article. The NPR article also stated that the unemployment rate had been steadily falling since the Obama administration, Trump just claimed credit. Also, the unemployment rate has now jumped to 8 percent, mainly because of Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus epidemic.
However, Trump’s latest scandal involving the comments about the military seems to be gathering steam. Servicemen and women and their families are incensed by the comments.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, whose son Beau, served in Iraq, hit back at Trump’s comments.
“If what is written in The Atlantic is true, it’s disgusting,” said Biden in a speech delivered in front of his home. “And it affirms what most of us believe to be true: that Donald Trump is not fit to do the job of president, to be the commander in chief.”
Biden added that his son, who died of brain cancer in 2015, was not a ‘sucker.’
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed an airliner on the Hudson River, also savaged Trump in social media posts. Sullenberger and his father both served in the military.
“For the first time in American history, a president has repeatedly shown utter and vulgar contempt and disrespect for those who have served and died serving our country,” said Sullenberger in a Facebook post. “While I am not surprised, I am disgusted by the current occupant of the Oval Office. He has repeatedly and consistently shown himself to be completely unfit for and to have no respect for the office he holds.”
But Trump is sticking to the line that he never made these comments. However, the president has a well-documented reputation for dishonesty; he is told 20,000 lies since he entered the White House. But more telling is the lack of support from Kelly. He was there in Europe and could easily disprove the allegations. Kelly has remained silent.