Soldiers are Suckers

Originally posted on September 3, 2020

I recently read an article in The Atlantic entitled Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’. It recounts a 2018 trip to an European cemetery to pay respects to those who lost their lives in WWI. He cancelled the trip. He blamed the rain, and how the helicopter couldn’t fly, and the secret service couldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true.

Apparently he was worried that his hair might become disheveled. Plus he wondered “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In other comments he has denigrated all soldiers as suckers, thus the title.

Is Trump really so callous to not appreciate the sacrifices that so many Americans have been willing to make? The Atlantic article goes on to postulate that Trump values nothing if it doesn’t yield some benefit for him personally. He simply doesn’t understand that many of us are willing to contribute something to the common good.

This is consistent with Trump’s treatment of John McCain and Humayun Khan. It is deplorable in anyone, but especially so in a president.

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