Donald Trump’s History Of Firing, Disparaging, And Fleecing Veterans

Donald Trump — whose campaign’s veterans adviser has repeatedly called for Hillary Clinton’s execution — talks a big game when it comes to his support of and respect for veterans, but Trump’s repeatedly diminished military service, and he’s stiffed and slighted veterans for years.

Trump Disparages Prisoners Of War: “I Like People Who Weren’t Captured.”

Senator John McCain commands respect from both sides of the aisle over his military service — but not from the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. In July 2015, Trump said of McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Later on, when asked if he owed McCain — and prisoners of war everywhere — an apology, Trump said, “No, not at all.”

Trump Businesses Fired (At Least Three) Veterans 

Count ’em: Onetwo, and three.

Trump Opposes The GI Bill

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Winning With Veterans: Trump Opposes The GI Bill

Donald Trump regularly promises that under his leadership we’re going to “win with veterans”. Trump’s record, however, shows an uniformed conman cynically using veterans as political props.

Asked on CNN’s New Day if he would support the continuation of the GI Bill, Donald Trump gave a meandering answer about immigration before abruptly stating that “No,” he would not support the continuation of the GI Bill.

On the 241st birthday of the United States Army, Donald Trump campaigned on the theft of funds earmarked for rebuilding Iraq by American troops.  Thousands of servicemen and women served with honor and bravery in Iraq, but Trump instead chose to demagogue isolated incidents for political gain and diminish the service of the men and women who served honorably.

Trump has insulted John McCain’s record of service and tried to have veterans working as street vendors kicked off Fifth Avenue. Trump’s record of disrespect for veterans is staggering; he talks a big game on “winning with […]

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Trump Never Enlisted, But He Did “Feel Like A Great And Very Brave Soldier”

Donald Trump today had a lot of lip service about his respect for American servicemembers and veterans, but his sad history with veterans and lack of military service shows it’s all empty rhetoric.

Trump has disparaged prisoners of warlied about his donations to veterans charities, and repeatedly compared of serving in Vietnam with navigating New York’s dating scene.
Trump has never served in the military, pursuing four draft deferments as a student to avoid going to Vietnam. After graduation, ABC News reports that Trump was subsequently “declared medically unfit to serve” over what he’s since called “a foot thing.”

Donald Trump never served his country but that doesn’t mean he didn’t “feel like a great and very brave soldier” facing off against sexually transmitted diseases in “his personal Vietnam,” New York’s dating scene.
This is Trump’s record of “military service”:

Trump: Avoiding STDs “is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider.”

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Reminder: Johnson Aides Ignored Tomah VA Tips, Senator Blamed “Job Interviews and Stuff”

Senator Ron Johnson is still trying to pawn off the blame for the issues at the Tomah VA that lead to the deaths of three veterans. In an interview with Face The Nation on Sunday, Johnson said government inefficiency was at the heart of the problems:

“So, from my standpoint, the root cause really is the government that is doing so many things that it never was intended to do and doing it quite badly. Look at the VA health care system. We’re holding a hearing in Tomah, Wisconsin, about problems that have been known since 2004. The bureaucrats, the Office of Inspector General did nothing to solve those problems.”

What Johnson failed to acknowledge was that his own office was at the center of the mishandling of the problems at Tomah VA. In fact, Johnson aides “sat on whistleblower tips” about the health center for months, failing to make sure […]

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Trump’s Military Record

“I always thought I was in the military. I felt like I was in the military in a true sense.”
—Donald Trump, who thinks he knows what it means to serve in the military — because he went to prep school.

Donald Trump has disparaged prisoners of warlied about his donations to veterans charities, and described his alleged avoidance of sexually transmitted diseases as his “personal Vietnam.”

Donald Trump claims to respect servicemen and women, but he’s diminished military service to the equivalent of navigating New York’s dating scene.

This is Donald Trump’s military record:

Trump: Avoiding STDs Was “My Personal Vietnam.”


Trump: “We Have Our Own Vietnam. It’s Called The Dating Game.”

Trump: “Dating Is Like Being In Vietnam.”

Trump: I Felt “A Little Guilty” For Not Serving In Vietnam Because Of My “Foot Thing.”


Trump On Why He Didn’t Serve In Vietnam:  “I Was Going […]

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Trump Rages At Calls For Veteran Donation Accountability

Donald Trump is fuming following a series of reports showing that the blustering billionaire likely hasn’t made good on his claim to have raised $6 million in charitable contributions for veterans groups.

Trump’s campaign has been evasive and combative when pressed to account for the donations, with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski revising the donation total and refusing to disclose to whom Trump donated.

Last night, Trump went on a big league Twitter-rant decrying calls for accountability and, of course, blaming the “dishonest and disgusting” media

There’s no reason for the Trump campaign to conceal donations to veterans groups. Trump’s claim that, “Why should I give you records? I don’t have to give you records,” reveals another layer of hypocrisy within an already opaque campaign.

Trump doesn’t think the American people have the right to see his tax returns, and apparently also doesn’t think that they have a right to know if he […]

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Will Trump Make Good On The $6 Million He Lied About Raising For Veterans?

 

Will Trump Make Good On The $6 Million He Lied About Raising For Veterans?

 

 

And where’s the $1 million that Trump claims to have personally donated?

 

 

This weekend, the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump flat-out lied about how much money he raised at a January event billed as benefiting veterans’ organizations.

 

Trump repeatedly claimed to have raised $6 million. Now, facing scrutiny, Trump’s campaign confessed to the Washington Post that he actually raised far less. Meanwhile, Trump said he personally contributed $1 million to veterans’ groups as part of the fundraiser, but he’s refused to name any specific organizations that benefited from his donation.

 

“Donald Trump has made a career of scamming and cheating everyday Americans — seniors, small business owners, employees, and now veterans. Trump bragged about raising $6 million for veterans groups, but came up short and now he won’t say where he directed his personal donation, which seriously calls into question whether he […]

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McCain Has “Basically Done Nothing” To Help Tuscon VA Crisis

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McCain cites the KGUN 9 investigation in a letter sent to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald urging him to investigate allegations of staffing shortages, poor care and whistleblower retaliation at the Tucson Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 
 
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Vietnam Veteran Ed Wagner says McCain has “basically done nothing” to help Tuscon veterans:
He says McCain responded with letters “pointing us in the direction. Here’s where you go to get help. Or I’ve sent a letter to so and so asking them to reach out to you. But he’s never really truly done anything to get involved.”

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On His Re-Election Kickoff Day, A Reminder Of Blunt’s Terrible Record On Veterans

Today, Senator Roy Blunt is kicking off his re-election campaign. Over the past few weeks, Blunt has been in hot water for deceiving Missouri veterans and voters about the three draft deferments he received during the Vietnam War. Blunt has said previously that he would have served in the military if he was drafted.

Blunt’s terrible record on veterans issues goes well beyond dishonesty. For years, he’s been on defense for bad votes. As one veteran wrote in a 2012 St. Louis Dispatch Letter to the Editor,

Mr. Blunt has continuously shown his disregard and contempt for veterans, disabled veterans, and our current military personnel who serve here in the United States, in all parts of the world, and in particular in the war zones that the Republican Party created in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Blunt doesn’t give a crap about the men and women who have given their lives to protect him […]

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