Trump: an embarrassment of a Commander-in-Chief

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One of the (many) things I am very concerned about when Trump becomes president is what the state of the military will be. Despite Trump’s big talk, it’s obvious that Trump does not truly support the armed services of the United States. As a veteran myself, this is more than disconcerting. Simply put, Donald Trump has no real respect for the military.

Donald Trump is a toy soldier and a draft dodger

Trump never served in the military. From ages 13 to 18 he attended the private New York Military Academy where he got to march around in uniforms and pretend like he was in the army, when in reality he was just another rich, snotty kid with soft (tiny) hands and no calluses on his feet. And Trump later had the gall to claim that he had “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military,” which disparages every real service member, all of which have had more military training than Trump.

While in college, Trump received four student deferments from the draft. After he was briefly deemed medically fit for service, he then received a medical deferment claiming “heel spurs,” which don’t seemed to prevent him from walking around on the golf course, apparently.

Trump openly disparages the honorable service of American warriors

Trump had the audacity to say of Senator John McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

McCain, a naval aviator during the Vietnam war, was held as a POW for over five years, enduring torture and beatings, but he never gave up on America. I disagree with McCain on many issues of policy, but there is no doubt that John McCain is a hero and a great American. While Trump was picking his zits, fantasizing about banging the homecoming queen, McCain was exemplifying the nobility of the American service member.

And if that was not enough, Trump made the ultimate display of disrespect by attacking the family of a fallen American soldier. Army Captain Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan
made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation when on June 8, 2004 CPT Khan was killed by an IED-packed vehicle. He was 27 years old.

But Trump doesn’t care about all that. Trump has no honor and even had the temerity to compare his own so-called “sacrifices” to CPT Khan’s sacrifice. Trump’s callous behavior to CPT Khan’s family should never be forgotten nor forgiven.

I should consider myself fortunate that Trump will not be my commander-in-chief. I’m no longer in the service, so he’s no longer in my chain of command. But I worry for the brave men and women who are currently serving and must endure Trump’s folly.

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s rhetoric. Trump is no friend to the military.

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