He Can’t Be Trusted: Not By Our Soldiers. Not By Americans

June 30, 2020 – The Lincoln Project’s latest video, “Betrayed,” released today, lays bare the thoughts of former U.S Navy Seal Dan Barkhuff and his feelings towards the President. Many current and former American service members feel betrayed by Donald J. Trump. Navy Seal Barkhuff is just one story.

We now know Trump received written briefings as early as 2019 outlining the conclusion that the Russian military had secretly offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Trump administration lied when they denied that President Trump had been briefed. Trump, through his cowardice, has put the U.S military and armed forces lives in danger.

“Donald Trump knew Russia was hunting our soldiers and the president did nothing about it,” said Jennifer Horn, co-founder of The Lincoln Project. “Patriotic Americans like Dan, who have honorably served to protect our freedoms, deserve a commander in chief they can trust. The president defiles their service.”

“As the mother of a Marine, I lived with the fear of receiving a knock on the door and hearing the news no mom ever wants to hear: my son could have been taken from me,” said Jennifer Horn co-founder of The Lincoln Project. She continued, “It enrages me to think of the parents who lost their child because of Trump’s complete dereliction of duty. He is a stain on their memories.”

Dan Barkhuff graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 2001. For seven years he served on active duty as a member of Naval Special Warfare and has completed multiple combat tours. Barkhuff attended Harvard Medical School after his active duty tour. He is now a faculty member and Emergency Medicine doctor at the University of Vermont.

Dan lays it out simply: “I’m a pro-life, gun-owning combat veteran, and I can see Trump for what he is. A coward. We need to send this draft dodger back to the golf course he came from. The lives of our troops depend on it.”


There is no time for complacency.

There is no time for living room activism. Every day must be spent asking ourselves if we’re doing our part, if we’re doing enough to ensure that the grand idea called America continues.

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