Recently, the Military Times ran a poll that showed the Republican President trailing behind the Democratic challenger Joe Biden among the U.S service members. A surprising outcome considering that most of the military personnel favored Republican Commanders-in-chief. Right now, they may have all the reasons to lose interest in backing up their current chief as the Atlantic published an article detailing how the Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump labeled the American soldiers who had died in combat during World War I as “losers” and “suckers” – remarks he dismissed.
Read Jeff Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic. How could anyone support Trump? pic.twitter.com/xqfnklmCBq— Major General (ret) Paul Eaton (@PaulDEaton52) September 4, 2020
The magazine explains that when President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed the rain for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true. Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed.
This news may have been too much to handle if you are rooting for the President in this November election, and perhaps you might think that this was another dirty trick pulled against him but, USA Today claimed that these cruel remarks were confirmed by a senior Defense Department official with firsthand knowledge of the events, and a senior U.S. Marine Corps officer who was told about Trump’s comments through the Associated Press.
Trump’s critics are quick to throw their opinions about the said insult:
Is anyone surprised that the man who criticized John McCain belittles those who serve our country?— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 4, 2020
You know who honors our military? @JoeBiden.
"He doesn't know what it's like to go to war," 14-year-old Gold Star son, Jordan Canedy, reacts to a report that claims President Trump called dead American soldiers "losers" and "suckers."— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 4, 2020
"All military families have sacrificed so much, and the people who fight are heroes." pic.twitter.com/QkBSX6Pre1
The President, who told the press on his Thursday that "there is nobody that respects" fallen soldiers more than he does, called the people who suggested these things against him as "low lifes and liars." Trump, when asked if he would apologize, said no but resorted to publicly airs his support to the military.
Joe Biden, whose son Beau served as a volunteer to go to Iraq, said that if Trump’s comments were true, they are “disgusting” and told reporters on Friday in Delaware that “Donald Trump is not fit to do the job of president, the commander in chief.” He added that his late son Beau, “wasn’t a sucker” and those service members, notably those who didn’t come home, “were not losers.”
NPR shared that hours after The Atlantic’s piece drew attention in the social media, a Democratic-leaning political action committee VoteVets.org released an attack ad featuring the response of Gold Star families.