Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has spent a lot of time telling anyone who will listen just how much he loves and respects veterans. In reality, though, according to The New York Daily News, Trump has spent just as much time complaining about street vendors, many of whom are veterans with special licenses from the Department of Consumer Affairs thanking them for their service.
In a letter to John Dearie, then-chairman of New York Assembly’s Committee on Cities in 1991, Trump complained, “While disabled veterans should be given every opportunity to earn a living, is it fair to so to the detriment of the city as a whole or its tax paying citizens and businesses?”
He also asked, “Do we allow Fifth Ave., one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?”
According to the Daily News, “New York’s original peddling exceptions for veterans date back to 1894 — created to give those disabled during the Civil War a chance to support themselves.”
Trump complained again in 2004 to then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying that the ambiance of Fifth Ave., where his Trump Tower headquarters is located, was being damaged by “peddlers.” He also accused some of these vendors of only pretending to be veterans.
It seems that Trump is all about supporting veterans, that is, until they start working near his businesses and ruining his vision of what Fifth Ave. should look like.
This isn’t the first time Trump has been in trouble with veterans and their real supporters, though. Recently, former U.S. Marine Alexander McCoy organized a protest outside of Trump Tower, demanding that the billionaire “apologize for using Veterans as props to get votes while failing to keep his promises.”
Trump has claimed that he raised over $6 million for veterans at a fundraiser held in January. Some digging by The Washington Post, though, revealed the actual amount raised to be about half that, $3.1 million.
Despite these protests and information proving otherwise, the Trump campaign maintains that he is dedicated to veterans, and he continues to pander to them. At a Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, Trump spoke to a group of veterans, and claimed that illegal immigrants are taken better care of than U.S. veterans. Watch the clip from that rally below, courtesy of AP via YouTube:
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