Donald Trump dodged the draft on five separate occasions and avoided military service at every opportunity, but he would send your children to war. In addition, Trump’s knowledge of foreign policy reveals his ineptness at possibly holding the highest seat in the land.
Trump, the son of a wealthy real estate developer, received a series of deferments so that he could attend college at Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. The student deferments were followed by a 1968 medical deferment that came a few months after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Trump said that his disqualifying medical condition was a bone spur in one of his feet, however, he could not remember which one.
While campaigning in Tennessee, Trump bragged that he would “bomb the shit out of [ISIS].” He never reveals how he would accomplish that, but surely it would cost a lot of lives, not to mention money.
Trump said he “always felt that I was in the military” because of his education at a military-themed boarding school.
But the bone spurs Trump claims as his reason for not serving in the military doesn’t appear to be a credible claim.
Death and Taxes reports:
But the “bone spurs” explanation is highly dubious when you consider that Trump was known as a talented student athlete who played on his prep school’s varsity football, soccer and baseball teams. According to the International Business Times, quoting a 1990 profile of the billionaire in USA Today, when it came to sports Trump was a star who “won trophies in intramural softball, basketball, softball, bowling and freshman football.”
As Trump biographer Wayne Barrett told the New York Daily News on the subject of the medical exemption, “I doubt it was a serious medical issue. Up to that time, he was an active athlete. It was bullshit. I never heard of any foot problem other than them being well-placed in his mouth.”
And on the subject of the draft: “It appears he was actively looking for some justification to evade it.”
“There’s no question it fit a pattern of avoidance that was commonplace in his generation,” Barrett told the Daily News. “You cut a corner, maybe got somebody to write a letter or interpret results of an Army physical in a way that was beneficial to you.”
“I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number,” Trump said of the draft. “I’ll never forget, that was an amazing period of time in my life.”
However, Secret Service records reveal an entirely different scenario. One in which Trump wasn’t ‘lucky.’ Instead, he chose to not serve and avoided the draft.
As a cadet, Trump earned a medal for being neat and orderly, while John McCain, the man he mocked for being a prisoner of war, was nearly killed. “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you,” Trump said of McCain.
As Death and Taxes notes, Rush Limbaugh avoided serving in the military because he allegedly had a cyst on his butt. Dick Cheney once stated, “I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service.” Clearly there’s a pattern here.
Instead of serving our country, Trump went on to make a vast fortune while other young men were sent off to war. He called the $1 million his father loaned to him a ‘small loan’ and that money helped to create the businessman we see today. The one who fails to disclose his taxes. The very one who fired military members when they were sent off to mandatory training. The man who allegedly raised $6 million for Veterans, yet he only sent the payments to the organizations on the day the media scrutinized his alleged charitable donations.
Donald Trump is a Fortunate Son.
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