When presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was walking door-to-door for President Barack Obama’s campaign, he noticed how many people were leaving or had already left for military duty, some going for the only job around. That is when he questioned his own path in life. He signed up for the Naval Reserves. That was an unusual move for a Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar with a degree from Oxford University in London. He is furious with Donald Trump today.
Buttigieg was an ensign in the Naval Reserves and trained as a naval intelligence officer. The man who would go big in the political world deployed to Afghanistan for a seven-month stint in 2014. Then, he saw that during Trump’s recent trip to Japan, the president had hidden the ship named after Senator John McCain (R-AZ), his father before him, and the grandfather before him.
White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal Rebecca Ballhaus broke the news that the president hung a tarp over the U.S.S. John S. McCain’s name when he was in Japan. Plus, the “sailors — who wear caps bearing the ship’s name –were given the day off:”
‘NEW: The White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for Trump’s visit to Japan. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the trip, and sailors—who wear caps bearing the ship’s name—were given the day off for Trump’s visit.’
Buttigieg’s powerful tweeted response hit the man with five deferments from the Vietnam War hard. Earlier, the youngest presidential candidate, 37, had pointed out that another person went to war instead of Trump. The only veteran candidate tweeted:
‘This is not a show. Our military is not a prop. Ships and sailors are not to be toyed with for the benefit of a fragile president’s ego.’
What does it say about Trump who has such visceral hatred toward a man dead for nearly a year?
In an early morning press briefing, POTUS said he knew nothing about the ship’s order. He did say he thought the person who did order it must have been “well-meaning.”
Twitter world was hugely offended. Check out some of our favorites below: