American voters are not soon going to forget the reporting from The Atlantic, who released a story on Thursday night from inside sources that Donald Trump is unimpressed with military service, saying that those who have died in combat are “losers” and “suckers.” It’s an election-changing revelation at a time when Trump’s poll numbers with actively military members are severely lagging. Considering that this is a group from whom Republicans generally receive a vast majority of votes, it’s indication that the 2020 election is going to be a struggle for the incumbent president.
On Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris responded to the news about Trump, saying that Biden is better suited to serve as commander in chief, particularly after having watched one of his own sons go to war.
Donald Trump has denied the reporting, and some of his fiercest supporters currently serving in the White House have backed him up, but he cannot deny the video in which he said John McCain was only a war hero “because he was captured” and Trump likes “people who weren’t captured, okay?” He cannot deny that he has attacked Gold Star families for daring to speak out against him and that he skipped memorials honoring soldiers.
Twitter certainly hasn’t forgotten those moments, nor will they forget this one. Hopefully, all of them will take that memory to the voting booth with them in November. Members of the military and those who’ve lost veterans in their lives were particularly outraged by Trump’s statements and were quick to speak out against his attacks.