Donald Trump loves to tout his support of the military but rarely acknowledges them for any other reason than when it benefits him personally. On Saturday, Trump tweeted a message to the wounded military members he met while at Walter Reed Hospital for his physical on Thursday, and somehow it falls right in line with his recent political messaging.
The tweet is less a message of support to our military than the promotion of his misguided plan to pull troops from Syria despite the advice of military generals, the Department of Defense, and our intelligence community. The appeal to sympathy is Trump’s way of deflecting from statements made in the Worldwide Threat Assessment 2019, which says that pulling troops at this point is abandoning our allies and leaving space for ISIS to recoup.
Like many other Trump 2016 promises, such as his recent fights for a border wall, the president is less interested in evidence and expert opinion than on keeping his misinformed promises to his rabid fan base. 2020 is coming, and Trump needs to be able to say he kept good on some of his promises, while he’ll ignore all the ones he didn’t keep.
Those unkept promises are the reason Trump so badly needs a win. He can’t go into the 2020 campaigns saying “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it,” or “I’ll repeal Obamacare on day one,” or “I’ll have Hillary locked up” this time.
Twitter was quick to respond to Trump’s misspelled and blatantly obvious politically-motivated tweet. Read some of their comments below:
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