The Republican Party touts itself as the party of patriotism, especially in their praise of the military and our service members. How the GOP ended up with Donald Trump as the leader representing their party, then, is laughably hypocritical.
Cohen will reference fact that Trump is visiting Vietnam as he testifies tomorrow, casting his bone spur draft deferment as a fraud: pic.twitter.com/sCqseOR9vH
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 27, 2019
After all, Trump not only avoided the draft with his father’s money and lies about bone spurs, he has repeatedly criticized service members. Trump insisted that the late Sen. John McCain was “not a hero” because he had been captured and was a POW. He insulted a gold star family who was critical of him because of his Islamaphobia. He insulted the military leader whose plan resulted in the capture of Osama bin Laden. Now, he’s insulted every Vietnam vet who served.
The New York Times reports:
‘[Cohen] will claim that Mr. Trump asked him to put off reporters asking about his medical deferment from the Vietnam draft, telling Mr. Cohen privately that there were no medical records of the bone spurs that he has said affected his heel.
‘“You think I’m stupid? I wasn’t going to Vietnam,” Mr. Trump said, according to Mr. Cohen.’
Not only does that insult every veteran it also means that four other young men, men without wealthy fathers who could pay off a doctor to lie for them, served in Trump’s place. Yet Trump, who has claimed to love the military “more than anyone,” has the nerve to insult them.
That, of course, isn’t the only lie that Cohen will testify to from Trump.
‘Mr. Cohen will chronicle less legally dubious but unflattering encounters, as well, according to the prepared remarks. He plans to say that as a candidate, Mr. Trump directed him to write letters to his high school, college and other entities threatening them not to release transcripts of his standardized test scores.’
NEW: In Cohen’s opening statement, he will say he witnessed Trump speaking with Roger Stone about Stone’s outreach to Assange and say that Trump knew about WikiLeaks dump in advance. He will also say Trump lawyers edited his false statements to Congress. https://t.co/5sXInkLBp2
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 27, 2019
Most explosively from Cohen’s testimony is the crime he committed at the direction and on behalf of Trump for his affairs, including hush money payments that constitute felony campaign finance violations. Cohen says he regrets those most, especially since he lied to Trump’s wife and current first lady.
‘Detailing the hush money payments to the actress that Mr. Cohen was reimbursed for, he will state the affair as fact and will say that lying to Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, is something he deeply regrets. “She is a kind, good person,” he will say. “I respect her greatly, and she did not deserve that.”’
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