“Losers” and “Suckers”
A few days ago, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic wrote an explosive story. “Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers.’”
The full article is worthy of a quick read. Here are the takeaways:
- In Paris, Trump canceled an appearance at a military cemetery because he was worried how his hair would look in the rain, asking “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” Trump also called the dead Marines at Belleau Wood “suckers.”
- Trump asked his advisers “who the good guys were” in World War II, seemingly unaware that the United States joined the Allies.
- When John McCain died, Trump told White House staff that they aren’t going to support “that loser’s funeral,” and threw a tirade when he saw that the flags were lowered to half-staff.
- He called George H.W. Bush a “loser” because his plane was shot down by Japanese fire in World War II.
- Trump was alongside (former Chief of Staff) John Kelly when the two visited Robert Kelly’s grave, John’s son who died in Afghanistan. Trump turned to John Kelly and asked, “I don’t get it, what was in it for them?”
Republicans defend Trump’s unpleasantries in one of two ways. Either the alleged comments were never said, or they were said but it’s not as bad as you think. Given the horrific nature of these statements, only option one is viable — deny, deny, deny.
Even normally friendly media outlets either confirmed the reporting or admitted it could be true given Trump’s record.
“Many of the claims made in Goldberg’s piece are not even remotely difficult to believe,” The National Review said. “Trump is on the record trashing Gold Star parents. He’s on the record…dismissing McCain’s service and expressing his preference for ‘people who weren’t captured.’”
Jennifer Griffin, Fox New’s National Security Correspondent, confirmed the information in Goldberg’s article. “According to one former senior Trump administration official: ‘When the President spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, ‘it was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker,’” she tweeted.
The Associated Press also confirmed Goldberg’s scoop.
The White House was quick to deny the story. Trump insisted he had never called John McCain a “loser,” even though this video a few years ago shows him doing just that. Trump also called McCain a loser on Twitter. It’s almost as if Trump doesn’t tell the truth.
Famously, Trump dismissed the notion of John McCain qualifying as a war hero. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said in 2015. “I like people who weren’t captured.” Donald “Bone Spurs” Trump also once claimed that avoiding STDs were his “personal Vietnam.”
Then, of course, there was the Gold Star family scandal, which furthered demonstrated Trump’s inability to appreciate the military. Trump attacked the parents of a dead Muslim soldier. Their son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed by a car bomb in Iraq.
Now that the relevant information is presented, it’s time to see which side is telling the truth.
On one hand, Trump makes a lot of crazy comments. After (allegedly) making this specific, crazy comment, multiple media outlets confirmed the initial reporting (including Fox News). Even conservative columnists acknowledged that this sort of comment would fit in line with who or what Trump is. He has a history of making disparaging comments about the military, and Trump’s initial defense was disproven by video evidence and his own Twitter feed.
Or, everyone besides Trump is lying, and Trump is the real victim here.