STATEMENT FROM THE LINCOLN PROJECT ON DONALD TRUMP’S CONTEMPT FOR THE US MILITARY

October 19, 2021 — Today, The Lincoln Project released the following statement:

“In 2015, Donald Trump attacked Senator John McCain, saying he did not like men who were captured in war. When he was a candidate and as president, Trump pretended to know more about the pressing issues facing our nation than the leaders of our military services themselves.

“In 2018, after the passing of President George H W Bush he displayed enormous disrespect for Bush’s heroic combat service in World War II.  Trump’s pattern of contempt for our military is complemented by his admiration for the kind of foreign authoritarians and strongmen American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have so often been called to defeat. In 2020, he referred to our troops as ‘suckers and losers.’

“Now, after the death of General Colin Powell, the first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State, the disgraced former president is again lashing out in a fit of unpatriotic and un-American rage — an impotent, angry man attacking a giant of American life. From his time as a young man dodging the draft, until today, Donald Trump’s loathing of the values that shaped our military, its leaders, and the men and women who wear the uniform of our country has been clear.

“Trump is consumed with the knowledge he will never command the same respect reserved for leaders like McCain, Bush, or Powell. Donald Trump will be remembered in death as he was in life: A hateful, broken, man who always chose himself over his country.”

 

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