There are myriad reasons Trump is “unfit to be the president of the United States,” and according to the man who broke the Watergate break-in case, Carl Bernstein, it is a sense shared among many in the military. It’s obvious to any sane human being that Trump disrespects the military based on several infamous comments by the dirty coward who paid some doctor for five deferments during the Vietnam War. But what Trump did to the widow of a fallen U.S. soldier, and the disrespect he showed to the slain soldier and his family, is the ultimate proof that Trump is unfit to call himself an American citizen; no-one in their right mind can bring themselves to call him president.
It is stunning that Trump equates “taking a knee” in support of soldiers and Veterans with disrespect for the military; especially after he has shown nothing but gross disrespect for members of the military. But this is Trump and he did something that almost seemed impossible; shock and embarrass decent Americans by attacking the expecting widow of a fallen American soldier. The vapid cretin is incapable of embarrassing himself or he would have ended his pathetic existence out of shame decades ago.
By now most people are aware that after waiting nearly two weeks, Trump succumbed to the criticism and pressure that he hadn’t acknowledged publicly, or contacted the families of, the four American soldiers who lost their lives in Niger. When he did mention it a couple of days ago he made it about his superior in every way – President Barack Obama.
After being beat down for lying that President Obama did not contact families of the fallen, Trump used former NFL standout and Green Beret Pat Tillman as a meme to attack NFL athletes exercising their constitutional rights that Tillman fought for. Mr. Tillman’s widow had some harsh words for Trump politicizing her husband’s sacrifice in what he said was “an illegal war.”
When Trump finally found some free time away from the links to call Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, he said that her husband “knew what he signed up for.” And according to Sergeant Johnson’s mother and a congresswoman who “both listened to the call,” Trump could only refer to the fallen soldier as “your guy.” The soldier’s widow was naturally devastated that Trump didn’t even know her husband’s name.
Even after the furor the disrespectful call elicited, Trump couldn’t find the decency to use Sgt. Johnson’s widow’s name; just that he had spoken “with the woman, with the wife.” What a piece of work.
When the news broke about the insensitive phone call, Trump did what he always does and lied, then attacked the congresswoman, Frederica Wilson (D-FL) because she confirmed Trump’s cruelty toward the family of the slain soldier. When asked about the phone call, Trump lied saying:
“Didn’t say what that congresswoman said, didn’t say it all. I’d like her to make the statement again.”
It was a typically bullying tactic, but that is typical Trump.
Representative Wilson, however, wasn’t intimidated by Trump’s taunt and immediately responded; ”I still stand by my account of the call.” The Florida congresswoman also took note of Johnson’s name and reprimanded Trump for referring to her as “the woman” and “the wife.”
Now this screed isn’t necessarily about Trump’s indecency or his filthy lies; it is about his blatant disrespect for the military that began during the presidential campaign and continues unabated.
Trump once compared Americans being conscripted and sent to fight and die in Southeast Asia to what he claimed was his very own “personal Vietnam:” trying to avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) “while he was on the dating scene.”
He also assailed Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for being a prisoner of war for five-plus years saying: “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Less than a week ago during a “solemn military ceremony honoring the flag” and the fallen who perished defending it, instead of following protocol and ceremony by standing in honor as a bugler signaled “Retreat,” Trump was joking and laughing about whose television ratings the song was being played for. That blatant disrespect for the flag and the fallen by the alleged “commander in chief” was on a military base.
Trump spent a fair amount of time on the campaign trail denigrating the military’s leaders by insisting that he knew more than “the generals” in the field leading the fight against ISIS because he’s Donald Trump. He said, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.” He also dishonored the military’s leadership claiming the generals “don’t know much because they’re not winning.” It should have been humiliating to the man who didn’t know what the nuclear triad was to confidently claim to know more than the military’s leaders, but this is Trump; he has no shame.
This latest episode is not the first time Trump disrespected the family of a slain service member. Trump spent no small amount of time repeatedly attacking Keizer and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star family whose son died serving his country because they spoke out against Trump’s unwarranted attacks on Muslims.
For dog’s sake, Trump even pulled his Chief of Staff’s slain son into the fray after knowing full well General Kelly has made it clear that his son’s sacrifice, and likely his grief, is off limits; something about showing a modicum of respect for the family and the fallen soldier’s military service.
No person in America should conflate Trump’s big-mouth bully diplomacy with an intent to wage war as supporting the military. Trump only supports Donald Trump. He has no regard for the people making up the military and based on his habit of demeaning and disrespecting them at every turn, it’s time to “throw that son-of-a-bitch” out of the White House.
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