Trump has often threatened to solve problems with the power of the U.S. military. For whatever reason, Trump does not seem to value the men and women that he puts in harms way, and that is likely the reason why he is unable to bring himself to honor the war dead, Trump has both threatened to use the military against other nations, and against the American people who protest against his policies. Given Trump’s general attitude and treatment of the military, it is not surprising to hear that he refers to them as suckers and losers.
War is a serious matter with tremendous consequences, but Trump seems to have no problem with merely Tweeting out threats of military force:
Recklessly Tweeting threats puts America’s military in danger as it is needlessly provoking the enemy. America is seen globally as stooping to the level of terrorists.
Remember in 2015 when Candidate Trump said that he “liked people who do not get captured”? Yeah, that was 2015. This worsening nightmare has been going on for five years already. Importantly, this incident was one of the first incidences where Trump revealed his contempt for the military.
Remember when Trump attacked a Gold Star family that spoke at the 2016 DNC?
“We are honoured to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims,” Khan began. He continued: “Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law’.” Still addressing Trump, he asked: “Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing – and no one.”The Guardian
Gold Star father, Humayun Khan, chose to speak at the DNC because he was outraged that Donald Trump had called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration into the U.S. The Khans are Americans, and their son died in service to his country, but all Trump could see is their religion.
Even though the Trump Administration and a huge chunk of the media can’t seem to follow up on the Russian bounty story, it is pretty unforgettable that nothing has been done about it. Who are these people who do not care that Putin put bounties on the heads of American military? Who are these people that just shrug when they keep hearing that Trump knew and did nothing?
Trump says a lot of things. Some are true, some are lies, some of what he says is just plain distasteful, and the rest is bat-shit crazy. So, when the story broke that Trump said American veterans and dead soldiers were losers, it was not very surprising. Whether Trump said these things, or not, the sad reality is that most of us do not doubt that Trump would say something so horrible. After all, Trump has been showing us who he is for the last several years. He is a man that has no respect for the military, or for veterans.
The story has legs, too. Long legs. Trump went into a Twitter meltdown SWEARING that he didn’t say it. Melania felt the need to weigh in. Never, in the history of official denials, has an official denial seemed so loud and desperate.
Even Fox News has reported that Trump has no use for America’s military:
Of course, Trump denies that he said these things. That means nothing because Trump often denies things that have been recorded. We also know that Trump has no shame when it comes to insulting the military. Even if he didn’t say it, he might as well have. Hopefully, people start caring.