Trump said it. Everyone knows it. Some supporters will never admit it.
Hardcore Cult 45 members don’t care.
Honest observers and legions of veterans and active-duty servicepeople know a coward when they see and hear one, even secondhand. Scores of them — including many lifelong Republicans — will put country over party and vote for a new, honorable, responsible commander in chief on Nov. 3, even though Joe Biden is a lifelong Democrat.
Our dishonorable, irresponsible, draft-dodging president and his in-house minions and cheerleaders at Fox “News” can deny that Trump called American veterans and war dead “suckers” and “losers” until the sun burns out. If they believe for a mad minute that a majority of veterans and their families buy it for a second, Team Trump are the biggest suckers and losers on the planet.
Trump’s latest skirmish with his own military was sparked by an article in The Atlantic that revealed many instances in which the president insulted the sacrifices of patriots who died in service to America and the world. To him, everything in life is transactional. Self-gratification is all that matters. Greed, power and self-glory are the only goals worth fighting for.
The Atlantic story’s many sources are unnamed, which gives critics space to dismiss it as fiction. Never mind that it’s been confirmed by The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN and (wait for it) Fox “News.”
Most of what’s in the story is not new. Trump’s disdain for military service has long been apparent to anyone paying attention. His disparagement of a Gold Star family, his continuing attacks on the late Sen. John McCain, a bona fide American hero, and his numerous public instances of using the military as his personal plaything are evidence enough of Trump’s contempt for the pride, principles and professionalism that make our armed forces the greatest the world has ever known.
And then there’s his character — or grievous lack of it. Trump is selfish. Dishonest. Unprofessional, undisciplined and unworthy of the basic trust military personnel and their families must have in a commander in chief. He can’t fathom the concept of self-sacrifice for the common good. His world revolves around his immediate wants and needs. He lacks the heart, skills and conscience of a new enlistee, yet he holds the power to send our men and women to war.
This is wrong and must change. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to the men and women who shed blood in combat, endured torture as prisoners of war and held friends in their arms as they gave what Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion.”
It’s been my privilege over the years to count many veterans as friends. None of them are or were suckers or losers. All of them know a coward when they see and hear one. A recent Military Times poll that shows Trump’s support waning among military voters suggests their active-duty brothers and sisters in arms see through Cadet Bone Spurs, too.
A president unfit to serve in the lowest rank of any branch is unfit to serve as commander in chief. Everyone knows it. Some will never admit it, and others don’t care. I do, and I owe it to the men and women who have defended this nation and its ideals from its founding to say so, and vote accordingly.