At a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, Donald Trump once again disrespected soldiers and Iraq war veterans with an incredibly offensive accusation. He said to the crowd:
‘Iraq, crooked as hell. How about bringing baskets of money? Millions and millions of dollars and handing it out? I want to know, who were the soldiers who had that job? Because I think they’re living very well right now.’
Naturally, there was a lot of backlash to this statement from Trump, as there is a lot of backlash to pretty much every statement of his. Judd Legum of ThinkProgress tweeted about the Republican nominee’s comments and shared the video of him making them:
Trump casually accuses Iraq War veterans of stealing millions from the U.S. government https://t.co/Pmw33EcyUn
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 15, 2016
And many people responded to the tweet with more criticism for Trump. Some of the replies included comments about how Trump was hurting his own campaign with his mission to not be politically correct:
@bruneski Trump is frying his own goose.
— Steve LeVine (@stevelevine) June 15, 2016
he's down 12 points. It's fried.
— Maxwill (@maxwil2) June 15, 2016
Reminders about who really profited from the Iraq war:
@metaquest No Trump it was Bush Cheney Rove and Rice who stole millions from the war.
— Go Run (@MEUonamission) June 15, 2016
Notes about how this is a new low for Trump, who keeps surprising us with how low he can go:
Fraudster Trump thinks everyone is a thief like him. But,to accuse the military of theft, this is a new low
— NoRacism (@endofracism) June 15, 2016
And expressions of flat-out anger and frustration that this man has a shot at being president:
@PoliticalLine Never wanted to BITCH SLAP anyone but for that stupid statement would love to BITCH SLAP TRUMP!!
— Phyllis Anne (@PAWarnhoff) June 15, 2016
In light of the backlash, the Trump campaign once again came forward and tried to do damage control, tweeting out a clarification:
Unfortunately for the Trump campaign, this is not the first time Trump has made a claim about American soldiers who fought in Iraq profiting off the war, so their attempt at clarification is fairly weak.
Back in October 2015, Trump claimed that Syrian refugees “could be ISIS.” In the same speech where Trump said that if he were elected president he would send all Syrian refugees back to their home country, The Guardian reports him also suggesting that “some American soldiers charged with distributing money to fund the Afghan and Iraqi government embezzled it instead.”
‘I want to know who are the soldiers carrying suitcases with $50m? How stupid are we? I wouldn’t be surprised if those soldiers, if the cash didn’t get there.’
Watch the clip of Trump’s speech where he accuses American soldiers of stealing government aid money below, courtesy of Wendy Wagner via YouTube.
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