Chapter 10: Veterans and Military on Trump

Trump ‘Ridicules Sacrifice, Undermines Military Values’

I am duty-bound as a veteran and as a proponent of strong national security to write about the forthcoming presidential election.

He fetishized the military but the generals have had it with feckless, reckless Trump

Gen Mattis’s skewering of the president is to be savoured but military discontent is not the bellwether of a true resistance

Half of the Military Disapproves of Trump as Commander in Chief: Poll

The poll shows the president trailing Joe Biden by 6 points. He led Hillary Clinton by 20 points in a comparable poll four years ago.

Trump blasted top military generals as ‘a bunch of dopes and babies’ according to new book

The new revelations outline a disastrous Pentagon meeting early in Trump presidency that upset top military leaders.

Trump's attacks against American veterans or their families

Here are all of the former US veterans or their families that President Donald Trump has disparaged over the years.

Removal of flag honoring veterans from White House sparks anger

A decision by the Trump administration earlier this year to move the flag honoring missing war veterans from a prominent position atop the White House to a less visible spot on the South Lawn has angered some veterans and lawmakers, who see it as disrespectful and potentially...

Trump's dangerous isolationism weakens USA and strengthens our adversaries: Retired generals

Republicans have tragically failed to check Trump's reckless behavior. The election must be a mandate and a denunciation of him and of their silence.

Why Is James Mattis Leading Military Critics of President Trump?

In the 2020 presidential election, leftist media and well-funded activist groups are working hard to drive a wedge between President Donald J. Trump and the troops he leads.

Hundreds Of Military Families Sign Letter In Support Of Joe Biden

The endorsement trashes President Donald Trump's record on foreign policy and his response to civil unrest.

Donald Trump Criticizes Muslim Family of Slain U.S. Soldier, Drawing Ire

In an ABC interview, Mr. Trump implied that Ghazala Khan’s silence while her husband spoke about their soldier son’s death at the Democratic convention may have been because of her Muslim faith.

5 Reasons Veterans Should Not Support Donald Trump

'His personal record and public comments make a mockery of our military service'

Specter of election chaos raises questions on military role

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a question Americans are unaccustomed to considering in a presidential election campaign: Could voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction become so chaotic that the...

Trump's attacks against American veterans or their families

Here are all of the former US veterans or their families that President Donald Trump has disparaged over the years.

Prominent military leaders who have come out against Trump's actions

Military leaders are usually cautious about airing their political opinions, but over the week, several former top military officials, including former Defense Secretary James Mattis, have raised the alarm and spoken out, in strong terms, against President Donald Trump.

Trump's military insults pile up

President Donald Trump's attack on the Navy SEAL commander who oversaw the raid against Osama bin Laden is drawing new attention to the seesaw dynamic of a President who lavishes praise on the military even as he goes after its leaders and heroes.

READ: The Full Statement From Jim Mattis

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an extraordinary criticism of President Trump's leadership, saying Trump has sought to divide Americans.

General John Kelly Knows What Trump Said About Veterans — This Is Why He Can’t Remain Silent

As the United States prepares to make a judgement over who should lead the nation and its Armed Services for the next four years, John Kelly needs to take one more act of patriotism on behalf of his country: tell the truth about what Trump said.

Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army General Fired After Mocking Biden, Endorses Biden

"I can trust Joe Biden," McChrystal said, roughly 10 years after he bashed Biden, then vice president, in a Rolling Stone profile.

Marine Corps Times fact-checks Trump's lie about Biden ‘killing’ hundreds of thousands of troops

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night tried to deflect from the mounting death toll in the novel coronavirus pandemic by claiming that Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden was somehow responsible for the deaths of over 300,000 American troops.However, the Marine Corps Times did a thorough fact ...

Power Up: Trump's growing list of crude insults about his military leaders poised to escalate tensions
Trump is a coward unfit for his office and the power it holds: Veteran

The trust gap is widening, former defense officials say.

Trump's military insults pile up

President Donald Trump's attack on the Navy SEAL commander who oversaw the raid against Osama bin Laden is drawing new attention to the seesaw dynamic of a President who lavishes praise on the military even as he goes after its leaders and heroes.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates his gains for veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed to receive a 2016 award from military veterans that didn't exist and falsely denigrated the record of the late Republican Sen. John McCain on...

Paul Selva, once one of Trump's top generals, endorses Biden

Once one of President Donald Trump's most senior military advisers, retired General Paul Selva is joining a large group of former Pentagon leaders to publicly endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden for the Nov. 3 presidential election, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

All those times President Trump dishonored U.S. veterans and military service

A moment of silence, please, as we recall Trump’s decorated history of dishonoring service.

Fox News Corroborates Claim That President Trump Insulted Veterans, Fallen Soldiers and John McCain

Two former senior officials in the Trump administration said that President Trump disparaged veterans and the military on multiple occasions, Fox News reported.

Trump Attacked Generals as Weak and Too Focused on Allies, Woodward’s Book Says

The journalist Bob Woodward’s “Rage,” which will be released next week, recounts tense conflicts between the president and his senior leaders.

President Trump referred to Marines buried at cemetery in France in crude and derogatory terms, a former senior official says

President Donald Trump referred to fallen US service members at the Aisne-Marne cemetery in crude and derogatory terms during a November 2018 trip to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a former senior administration official confirmed to CNN.

Army Chief Hits Back At Trump’s Attack On Pentagon Leaders: War Is ‘Last Resort’

Army chief of staff Gen. James McConville on Tuesday refuted President Trump's assertion that top leaders at the Pentagon want...

Trump inflicts new wound on the military with order for iconic Stars and Stripes publication to shutter in just 4 weeks

According to a report from USA Today, an unpublicized memo from the Pentagon has ordered the shuttering of Stars and Stripes, a newspaper serving American troops since the Civil War. The memo wants a plan that “dissolves the Stars and Stripes” by Sept. 15 including “specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide.” “The memo ordering the publication’s […]

Medal of Honor recipient confirms Trump has slurred military in blunt-talking MSNBC interview

Asked to respond to reports that Donald Trump has slurred American military dead as “losers and suckers,” a Medal of Honor recipient told an MSNBC host that he was not surprised at the accusations levied against the president and added that he has heard similar claims from friends who are still in the military and […]

President Trump referred to Marines buried at cemetery in France in crude and derogatory terms, a former senior official says

President Donald Trump referred to fallen US service members at the Aisne-Marne cemetery in crude and derogatory terms during a November 2018 trip to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a former senior administration official confirmed to CNN.

Miracle on the Hudson pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger blasts Trump over a report he disparaged fallen US service members

The pilot vaunted for his grace under pressure as he landed an airliner in the Hudson River called President Donald Trump "completely unfit" for office and urged people to "vote him out" in response to a report in The Atlantic magazine that the President disparaged US service members killed in battle and chose to skip a ceremony honoring veterans.

Trump inflicts new wound on the military with order for iconic Stars and Stripes publication to shutter in just 4 weeks

According to a report from USA Today, an unpublicized memo from the Pentagon has ordered the shuttering of Stars and Stripes, a newspaper serving American troops since the Civil War. The memo wants a plan that “dissolves the Stars and Stripes” by Sept. 15 including “specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide.” “The memo ordering the publication’s […]

Veterans Groups Condemn Trump as 'A National Disgrace' Over Reports He Called Fallen Soldiers 'Losers' and 'Suckers'

"Donald Trump does not respect our men and women in uniform. He does not respect their families. He does not respect veterans."

The Land of the Free Because of the Brave

The Lincoln Project announces coalition of veteran’s and military community members who have had enough.

Trump’s popularity slips in latest Military Times poll — and more troops say they’ll vote for Biden

About half of troops surveyed for the poll said they have an unfavorable view of the commander in chief.

With no love for Trump, John McCain's widow praises Democrat Joe Biden

The widow of Republican Senator John McCain spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday on behalf of presidential candidate Joe Biden, a reminder of her late husband's bitter relationship with President Donald Trump.

Retired admiral: Trump’s battle with USPS shows he’s trying ‘undermine every major institution in this country’

Fearful that voting by mail could be advantageous for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump is doing everything he can to harm the United States Postal Service. Retired U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, in a biting op-ed published in the Washington Post on August 16, stresses that […]

Veterans group hits draft-dodging Trump with new ad blasting his war on the mail

The veterans’ rights group VoteVets is going after President Donald Trump for his war on the U.S. mail, explaining that while he might think it’s about preventing Democrats from voting it’s hurting veterans and soldiers. “After five draft deferments and faked bone spurs excuses Trump is finally going to war — with the U.S. Postal […]

If Trump wins, all of our past war victories are reversed

The Right has mastered preemptive wolf-crying.  Calling Obama Hitler got us up in arms about hyperbole, which opened the way for right to shift us toward Nazism with us reluctant to call it by its true name because, after all, we said Hitlerizing is hyperbole.

Opinion | Trump’s treatment of Vindman, Greitens and Tata show his disrespect for the military

The treatment of Alexander Vindman, Eric Greitens and Anthony Tata shows Trump’s contempt for the armed forces.

None dare call it treason, but perhaps one day they will

Maybe Trump has you figured out and knows what a frightened political soul you are.

Trump says veterans’ ‘wall’ of protectors and ‘line of innocent mothers’ were ‘anarchists who hate our country’

President Donald Trump is desperately trying to win a “law and order” campaign, but to do so he has to paint Black Lives Matter protesters as a group of violent anti-American attackers. The video footage not only doesn’t support it, it’s working against him. Over the weekend in Portland veterans from every branch of service […]

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‘Enough Is Enough’: A ‘Wall’ of Veterans Joins Portland Protesters

A group of military vets formed a wall on the front lines of protests in Portland, Ore., a week after federal officers struck a Navy veteran who said he approached them to ask a question.

Veteran speaks out after attack by federal agents in Portland

U.S. Navy veteran Chris David was so disturbed by the images of federal agents attacking unarmed protesters that he decided to visit the protests himself. But he soon became a victim of one of those brutal attacks.

Lt. Gen. Honore’ unloads profanity on Trump over testing claim: ‘Embarrassing for man with the nuclear code’

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore’ (retired) on Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump for his claim that testing for the coronavirus has “created” new cases. “Jesus Christ, will someone maybe @seanhannity explain to #45 stop say ignorant shit like more testing creating more #COVID19 cases,” Honore’ wrote on Twitter.

I should not have been there': Top general regrets Trump photo op

The Joint Chiefs chairman said his presence and the photographs compromised his commitment to a military divorced from politics.

Trump Tells Gold Star Families 'We Will Stand By Your Side Forever,' Despite Repeatedly Attacking Families of Fallen Veterans

"They have no idea what service and sacrifice is," Gold Star father Khizr Khan said of the Trump family over the weekend.

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