Trump was (and still is I’m sure) OFFENDED by the sight of veterans wounded in the course of serving this country. So much so that he ordered General Milley not to allow them at his events.
Look, it’s no secret that Trump thinks those who’ve served out country were damned fools to have done so. I know I’ve felt like my own service didn’t mean a goddamned thing in a country that could allow someone like Trump to even have a realistic shot at, much less slither into the White House. I’ve ranted here, and in former times over on DK about how ashamed I am that John Kelly who wore the same uniform I did, and served as Trump’s Chief of Staff didn’t knock Trump on his fat ass more than once. First there was the incident at Arlington National Cemetery when Kelley took Trump to his son’s (who had died in combat) grave. Observers noted Trump being truly bewildered and asking Kelly “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?” I never had kids, but had I been standing next to Trump then and there I’d have wound up in jail because Trump would have been a bleeding, crying mass of lumpy orange on the ground!
Then we had the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending WWI. All the world’s leaders had gathered in France. Trump showed his ass at the cemetery overlooking Normandy, and later on in Paris the day before the big Nov. 11 ceremony most leaders went up to Aisne-Marne Cemetery where the Corps dead from the Battle of Belleau Wood (which was the major turning point in the war as my Marine Corps routed the Germans, earning from the German’s the nickname Teufelhunden – Devil Dog) to honor that battle and those who fought and died in it. Trump refused to go. Seems there was a light drizzle of rain that day and there was no cover on the platform so he begged off. His duckass hairdo might have gotten all frizzy!
Again, this was the day before the actual commemoration of the Armistice. November 10 which happens to be the Marine Corps Birthday. For us jarheads it’s the high holy day. Hell, I’m told even recruits in boot camp get cut a bit of slack at some point to mark the date. Also, Belleau Wood is one of the most iconic chapters in Marine’s history. And Trump blew off the Corps. AGAIN! How Kelley refused to stand up for veterans, AND the Corps will forever stain him as far as I’m concerned but my point in relaying all that is that Trump, who MAGAs insist is super-real-total “Mur-i-can” “Patriot” has never had an ounce of regard for those who have served.
Of John McCain? One can (and I have) take issue with many of his political stances but the sacrifice he made during Vietnam, including years of additional torture when he turned down early release because he (correctly) knew North Vietnam would turn their “humanitarian” gesture into propaganda (McCain’s father was still on active duty as a Navy Admiral) meant nothing to Trump. His dismissive I like those who didn’t get themselves captured comment during the campaign should have ended things right there but didn’t.
Now, as this article from Mediaite illustrates we have a new level of contempt from Trump towards those who have sacrificed greatly. Trump was offended by the mere appearance of wounded warriors at his events! The article notes that during his welcome ceremony Milley had invited a wounded warrior to sing:
Milley had chosen a severely wounded Army captain, Luis Avila, to sing “God Bless America.” Avila, who had completed five combat tours, had lost a leg in an IED attack in Afghanistan, and had suffered two heart attacks, two strokes, and brain damage as a result of his injuries. To Milley, and to four-star generals across the Army, Avila and his wife, Claudia, represented the heroism, sacrifice, and dignity of wounded soldiers.
The article goes on to note the ground was soft and at one point Capt. Avila’s wheelchair almost tipped over. Not just Avila’s wife, but VP Mike Pence ran over to help him. Trump? Well…
After Avila’s performance, Trump walked over to congratulate him, but then said to Milley, within earshot of several witnesses, “Why do you bring people like that here? No one wants to see that, the wounded.” Never let Avila appear in public again, Trump told Milley. (Recently, Milley invited Avila to sing at his retirement ceremony.)
Then there would come the time when Trump told the aforementioned Kelly not to have any wounded veterans in that big military parade he wanted in DC. He told Kelly “I don’t want any wounded guys” and dismissed Kelly’s protests. More of Trump’s “No one wants to see that” attitude. TRUMP didn’t want to see it!
Then there was the late night trip to Dover to receive repatriated remains of fallen troops when Milley tried to convince Trump he shouldn’t be intervening in the Eddie Gallagher case. Gallagher was a SEAL who’d been properly charged for slitting a prisoner’s throat. Trump saw nothing wrong with what he’d done. Milley tried to explain how bad it was for the Commander-in-Chief to get involved and that Trump should allow the Navy to handle things. Trump said Gallagher was a hero and that he didn’t understand why he was being punished. Milley responded “Because he slit the throat of a wounded prisoner,” to which Trump said “The guy was going to die anyway.” Trump said.
Milley answered, “Mr. President, we have military ethics and laws about what happens in battle. We can’t do that kind of thing. It’s a war crime.” Trump answered that he didn’t understand “the big deal.” He went on, “You guys”—meaning combat soldiers—“are all just killers. What’s the difference?”
I am beside myself once again. HOW could ANYONE even think of supporting someone as despicable at Trump? I swear, he truly is a human shaped flaming orange rectum stuffed with toxic shiite.
Unless and until (one can hope) we bury the whole Trump mythology of him being a great leader this country isn’t worthy of the sacrifice of all those who served it. And I’m not talking only about those who served in uniform when I say that.
But the fact Trump ordered the Chair of the Joint Chiefs to ban wounded warriors from public events SHOULD embarrass the hell out of any and everyone who’s ever done the least bit to advocate, support or vote him. Sadly, tragically even it doesn’t.