Monday, August 14, 2017

Trump's Big CON: Shamefully Criticizing the Military Service of Others

The Donald is at it again.

Read the Washington Post, In attacking Blumenthal, Trump opens himself to criticism over the military. Again., which notes that:

During the campaign, Trump criticized John McCain's military service, saying "He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured."

"When Trump registered for the draft at 18 in 1964, he had just graduated as a cadet from the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, where he played football and basketball.

On the campaign trail, Trump would claim it was bone spurs in both feet that prevented his service in Vietnam. His campaign said it was because of his high draft lottery number in 1969, although his medical deferment remained in place until 1972, when he received a permanently disqualifying deferment — a year before the draft ended and the war began to wind down. . .

[A] raunchy conversations with shock jock Howard Stern in 1997 revealed a particularly detached perspective on military service from the billionaire real estate magnate.

'I've been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there — it's scary, like Vietnam,' Trump told Stern about the effort to avoid sexually transmitted diseases in the '80s and '90s, as the AIDS crisis blossomed.

'It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier,' Trump said, to laughs and egging-on by Stern.

'I'm old enough to have gone through the '70s,' Trump said.

And he was. Trump was in Manhattan in the 1970s, spinning his inheritance into real estate gold. Blumenthal was stateside in a Marine Corps uniform until 1976. McCain was a prisoner for five and a half years until his release on March 14, 1973."

Read also the Washington Post, Questions linger about Trump’s draft deferments during Vietnam War.

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