Republican presidential nominee has proven time and again that he has no respect for the military and their family. Although he stands on stages across America and proclaims that he will be the best guy ever for our troops, he contradicts himself when he attacks them — and Senator John McCain knows all about that.
Shortly after announcing his bid for the White House, Trump disparaged McCain and his military record by saying the former Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war wasn’t a “real” hero because he was captured:
He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, last week Trump attacked the family of a Muslim soldier who was killed in Iraq because they had the audacity to speak out against him for his bigotry. Khizr and Ghazala Khan endorsed Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention and slammed Trump for his Muslim ban. The Donald, of course, decided that was his opening to insult a Gold Star family. While many Republicans have been silent about their candidate’s horrifying attacks on the family, John McCain is not.
The Arizona senator recently released a statement condemning Trump for his vile actions:
In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates.
Here’s the problem with this: Trump’s statements absolutely represent the views of the Republican Party, they elected him. The nominee did not suddenly turn into the kind of person who attacks the military, he attacked John McCain a year ago and the party chose to let him get away with it. They turned a blind eye because they really hate Democrats. So, yes, he does represent the party.
In 2012, the Republican National Convention’s theme was “We built this” and it made no sense then, but it sure does now. They built Trump and now they have to live with it.
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