Donald Trump has said many things in the past, especially during the 2016 presidential campaigns, that have come back to haunt him. For instance, his indefensible comments about preferring military veterans “who weren’t captured” because the thin-skinned baby-man was offended that John McCain had been critical of him, and his public attack on the Gold Star family of Humayun Khan.
All of those moments make his professed love of the military more than a little hard to swallow.
Military spouses share an admirable legacy of unwavering devotion to their loved ones in uniform and to the cause of freedom. On Military Spouse Day, we honor our Nation’s military spouses and express our deep appreciation for all that they do! https://t.co/B3NrKc698y
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
On Friday, Trump posted (or rather, one of his aides posted) video of his appearance at Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and the sentiment would be heart-warming from pretty much any other president. From Trump, however, the hypocrisy is maddening.
Trump only loves veterans and their families as long as they never speak against him. When the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson expressed her anger over Trump’s flippant remarks on a phone call meant to impart sympathy and comfort, Trump went on the attack, calling her a liar. When Sen. John McCain died, Trump made disparaging remarks about him and complained they he had approved the senator’s funeral and wasn’t properly thanked for it. When retired Admiral McRaven, the man responsible for the mission that captured and killed Osama bin Laden, criticized Trump, the president accused him of having taken too long.
Trump loves the military as long as its members praise him. If they’re critical of him or his policies, Trump treats them with no more respect than he would anyone else.
Twitter was furious with Trump’s hypocrisy. Read some of their comments below: