On Veteran’s Day, we honor and express our gratitude to the many veterans throughout our nation – active, retired, or gone but never forgotten. President Donald Trump made a huge deal about his appreciation for the military, and in part, it helped him win the White House in the shocking upset in 2016. In a tweet on Friday morning, he wished the U.S. Marine Corp. a happy birthday, which falls on the day before Veteran’s Day. He tweeted:
‘On behalf of an entire nation, Happy 242nd Birthday to the men and women of the United States Marines! #USMC242 #SemperFi’
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2017
How patriotic, but how appreciative is Trump of the military, really?
The hypocrite-in-chief has said plenty of the right things about the military, but he’s expressed plenty of negative and horrendous things about them also. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Back in 2015, during the early days of his campaign, Trump said U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) was not a war hero.
‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.’
The New York Times briefly described McCain’s military history and just why he should and is considered to be a war hero.
‘Mr. McCain, a naval aviator, was shot down during the Vietnam War and held prisoner for more than five years in Hanoi, refusing early release even after being repeatedly beaten.’
A more detailed profile of McCain’s capture and imprisonment describes him as having his knee so broken his leg was bent at a 90-degree angle, had his shoulder broke, bayoneted in the foot and groin, and then imprisoned. Though they offered him medical treatment, they used no anesthesia. He was nicknamed “Crip” by other prisoners because during the surgery on his knee they cut ligaments. When McCain was actually offered early release by his captors, he refused because military code required POWs to be released in the order they were captured. Someone else was supposed to be released first. He suffered multiple beatings. He lived in those conditions for five and a half years.
We can say a lot of things about Sen. McCain. We may not agree with some of his politics. However, he’s a war hero. End of story.
Where was Trump? Trump received multiple deferments during the Vietnam War for bone spurs. Bone spurs. Donald Trump never saw one day of combat or even just being in a military during peacetime. His poor widdle feetsies hurt him. Know what probably hurt a lot more? All of John McCain’s injuries he suffered during his imprisonment in Vietnam. Pretty sure that hurt a lot worse. Just saying.
What’s truly disgusting about what Trump said regarding McCain is not that it was just directed at him. By saying he only liked those who weren’t captured, he insulted every single prisoner of war that’s been captured in every single war America has fought.
Twitter users responded, refusing to be blind to the hypocrisy of Trump’s tweet. You can check out their responses below.
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