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The Atlantic Article Shows Donald Trump At His Most Despicable

September 4, 2020

The headline to this post is one that our nation thought Donald Trump had achieved over and over, again and again, these past four years.  But no, he was saving the worst example of himself for his final months in office.

Donald Trump finally achieved what he has been seeking, a topic for the nation to talk about other than 188,000 deaths in America from a pandemic.  The pandemic that he allowed to take hold of the nation while it undermined our economy has been bumped from the headlines as we now read of the deplorable way he speaks about our United States military.

The bizarre, inappropriate, despicable, and simply disgusting behavior was presented in the article in The Atlantic by respected journalist Jeffrey Goldberg.  For the record, this household has been a subscriber to the magazine for about a decade.  It is from this recent reporting we know Trump has treated the volunteers to our military like used burger wrappers.

The Atlantic article is certainly a must-read.

I’ve asked numerous general officers over the past year for their analysis of Trump’s seeming contempt for military service. They offer a number of explanations. Some of his cynicism is rooted in frustration, they say. Trump, unlike previous presidents, tends to believe that the military, like other departments of the federal government, is beholden only to him, and not the Constitution. Many senior officers have expressed worry about Trump’s understanding of the rules governing the use of the armed forces. This issue came to a head in early June, during demonstrations in Washington, D.C., in response to police killings of Black people. James Mattis, the retired Marine general and former secretary of defense, lambasted Trump at the time for ordering law-enforcement officers to forcibly clear protesters from Lafayette Square, and for using soldiers as props: “When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,” Mattis wrote. “Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

As The Atlantic reported…

(The president did not serve in the military; he received a medical deferment from the draft during the Vietnam War because of the alleged presence of bone spurs in his feet. In the 1990s, Trump said his efforts to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases constituted his “personal Vietnam.”)”

Here is the Trump interview.


Trump’s understanding of heroism has not evolved since he became president. According to sources with knowledge of the president’s views, he seems to genuinely not understand why Americans treat former prisoners of war with respect. Nor does he understand why pilots who are shot down in combat are honored by the military. On at least two occasions since becoming president, according to three sources with direct knowledge of his views, Trump referred to former President George H. W. Bush as a “loser” for being shot down by the Japanese as a Navy pilot in World War II. (Bush escaped capture, but eight other men shot down during the same mission were caught, tortured, and executed by Japanese soldiers.)

When lashing out at critics, Trump often reaches for illogical and corrosive insults, and members of the Bush family have publicly opposed him. But his cynicism about service and heroism extends even to the World War I dead buried outside Paris—people who were killed more than a quarter century before he was born. Trump finds the notion of military service difficult to understand, and the idea of volunteering to serve especially incomprehensible.

It is not only solid reporters across the country who have examined the article and found the accuracy of the news.  The Fox News channel is also confirming reports from The Atlantic about the deplorable and reprehensible words and actions from Trump regarding the United States military.

When the Republican mouthpiece underscores the truth from other reporters it is clear to see the White House is in deep trouble.

As it should be.



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