Donald Trump loves to use the military as a prop to make him look big and to profess his love for soldiers in order to appeal to his right-wing base. But there are several moments from Trump’s history that calls all of that into question. There’s the time that he tried to have disabled veterans’ food carts removed from the streets in front of Trump Tower. There are those reports in the book A Warning written by an anonymous Trump official who said that Trump once told military generals that he wouldn’t go to war with a bunch of losers like them. Now, The Atlantic has revealed that Trump has called prisoners of war and those who’ve died while serving “losers” and suckers”
The Lincoln Project, a group of Republican political analysts, had an ad ready the morning after that bombshell hit the news cycle, reminding voters about Trump’s comments on John McCain – “he’s a hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured, okay?” and driving the point home that our soldiers are brave heroes who risk their lives to uphold the Constitution and ensure that all Americans enjoy their freedom.
The president of the United States, however, thinks they’re “losers” and “suckers.”
The article from The Atlantic stated that:
‘Trump’s understanding of heroism has not evolved since he became president. According to sources with knowledge of the president’s views, he seems to genuinely not understand why Americans treat former prisoners of war with respect. Nor does he understand why pilots who are shot down in combat are honored by the military. On at least two occasions since becoming president, according to three sources with direct knowledge of his views, Trump referred to former President George H. W. Bush as a “loser” for being shot down by the Japanese as a Navy pilot in World War II. (Bush escaped capture, but eight other men shot down during the same mission were caught, tortured, and executed by Japanese soldiers.)’
With less than 60 days to go before the next presidential election, it’s a message that will hit home among the Republican Party and for everyone who has ever served this country.
Twitter was disgusted by Trump’s words. Read some of their comments below: