Trump and those in his his administration have shown repeatedly that they simply do not care about service members. Trump is constantly mocked for dodging the Vietnam draft due to what his father paid a doctor to say was “bone spurs.” These same spurs did not, however, stop Trump from playing sports before, during, and after the draft.
Trump has shown flat-out disrespect to the military time and again, so it’s not surprise to most that he allowed the firing of Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who was fired after an email he sent to multiple contacts was leaked to the media.
Crozier wrote in that email:
“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”
Crozier was reaching out to anyone who would listen because his ship was swarming with the coronavirus, and his crew was quickly falling ill. In the email, Crozier pleaded for someone, anyone to help get his crew taken care of, proclaiming that there was no reason for them to die when we are not at war.
Navy Secretary Thomas Modly went back to speak to Crozier’s crew after Crozier was removed from the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, and what he had to say about the brave captain got the crew really heated.
Sailors could be heard screaming at Modly in protest of the slander being thrown out about the obviously beloved captain.
Now, the Navy secretary is defending his words in which he called Crozier, “stupid” and “naive.” This is what Modly had to say for himself:
“I have not listened to a recording of my remarks since speaking to the crew so I cannot verify if the transcript is accurate.”
“The spoken words were from the heart, and meant for them. I stand by every word I said, even, regrettably any profanity that may have been used for emphasis. Anyone who has served on a Navy ship would understand. I ask, but don’t expect, that people read them in their entirety.”
Then Modly got petty when he said people supporting Crozier need to think about the incident:
“..when you cheer the man off the ship.”
“I understand that you love the guy,” he said. “It’s good that you love him. But you’re not required to love him.”
Listen to the interaction on the ship below:
According to The Hill:
As of Monday, 173 sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the virus out of the 61 percent of the crew that has been tested. Of the 4,800-person crew, 1,999 have been moved to shore, the Navy said Monday, despite officials saying last week they would move 2,700 to shore by Friday.