As all the major media outlets have reported on Friday, a military judge has reached a decision in the case of accused deserter Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was famously captured by the Taliban just hours after leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl was held for five years as a captive of the militant group, being tortured, beaten, and sometimes chained to a bed while he was their prisoner.
As he has throughout his campaign and into his presidency, Donald Trump inappropriately weighed in again on the case. Apparently unaware that he himself — as the Commander-in-Chief — IS the prosecution on any cases the government tries against anyone, but most especially military cases, Trump has repeatedly remarked on what he thought of the case, what he thought should be the outcome, and what he thought the punishment should be.
When Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners in 2014, Trump excoriated President Obama:
President Obama created a VERY BAD precedent by handing over five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Another U.S. loss!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2014
Trump even floated a ridiculous conspiracy theory that the US Military had paid the Taliban money in the prisoner exchange:
I believe that in addition to the 5 terrorist leaders President Obama gave up for Bergdahl, a great deal of CASH was also given. So stupid!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2014
In 2015, Trump opined that Bergdahl should be executed:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face the death penalty for desertion – five brave soldiers died trying to bring him back. U.S. has to get tough!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2015
During his campaign, Trump even let on what he thought should be the method of execution:
Thirty years ago, he would have been shot.”
At a later campaign event, Trump took it a step further, noting what might happen if he won the election:
You probably can’t do it, but if I win I may just have him flown back in the middle of that place and dropped, right in the middle. Let them have him, let him have them. That’s cheaper than a bullet.”
On Friday, Trump denounced his own military’s decision to give Bergdahl a simple dishonorable discharge. The Army judge found that in light of Bergdahl’s documented mental illness, including schizotypal personality disorder and PTSD, and the fact that Bergdahl provided information about the Taliban that has proved many times over to be invaluable to the military, that jail time would be inappropriate, as the military investigator who initially debriefed Bergdahl noted in his preliminary findings all the way back in 2014.
Without thinking twice, Trump tweeted:
The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
Donald Trump is a man without a soul. He is also, apparently, a man without any respect for the United States Military OR the US justice system.
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