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8 WEEKS TO GO … Respect for Our Military

“I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, Sept 11th.”

—President Trump

“I like people who weren’t captured.”

—President Trump, regarding Sen. John McCain

“Happy Memorial Day,” Trump tweeted. “Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics…”

If you have been around any news at all this week you have probably seen something about The Atlantic article reporting that Trump called our servicemen and -women “suckers” and “losers.” It seems surreal, and I know many of us are calling this fake news.

Some things to consider here: 

  1. Notice that the generals who have worked for Trump are not defending him. The list of military leaders who have denounced Trump is staggering (James Mattis’s speech after President Trump used the military to clear the streets at Lafayette Square Park is incredibly telling.)
  2. Fox News has supported the story (when Fox News is backing up The Atlantic, you know the president may have finally found a line in the sand). The story was also backed in full by an AP reporter who is a former Marine.
  3. We have ALREADY SEEN INCREDIBLE DISRESPECT toward the military from the president. He attacked John McCain for being captured and disrespected Gold Star families from the very beginning. He has described George Bush and McCain as losers in the past for being shot down. He resisted lowering the flag when McCain died. In an interview with Howard Stern, Trump said avoiding sexually transmitted diseases was his “personal Vietnam.”

Trump has never done anything in the way of service. Trump College has been proven a scam, his charities stole money, and he has made money off the presidency. He will not follow the emoluments clause, the Hatch Act, any basic norms of democracy, or frankly, decency. Trump started his presidential bid as a publicity stunt, and then the dog caught the car and our country is a powder keg.

I don’t know how so many of us can twist our logic up into pretzels trying to defend this president. He is a spoiled man who seems to hate everyone not singing his praises and has no respect for anything, including our own military.

If deep down somewhere in your heart you believe Trump could have possibly called our military “suckers” or “losers,” please, please vote for change on November 3. We can still right this ship. We need all hands on deck as this will have to be a decisive victory or the man already telling you to vote twice (which is illegal) is going to do anything he can to stay in office. Regardless of your political stripe, please choose country over party on November 3. www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

—Gooding

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