Donald Trump’s weekend of choking continued as the Republican nominee attacked veterans with PTSD, suggesting that if you were strong you can avoid it.
The comments provoked an immediate backlash. They top off a disastrous few days for Trump, in which it was revealed both that he was a failed businessman who lost almost a billion dollars in a single year and that he has paid no Federal taxes for decades.
Trump, who got four deferments over a non-existent bone spur in his foot, is an overweight germophobe who opened his campaign by attacking one of America’s greatest war heroes, his predecessor as the Republican nominee for President, Senator John McCain, saying that he preferred heroes who were not captured.
McCain was tortured for two years on behalf of the United States as a prisoner, and cannot raise his arms above his shoulders.
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trump told Howard Stern that avoiding veneral disease was his personal Vietnam:
“It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”
He has repeatedly suggested that veterans be shifted from the VA to basic Medicare, and would scrap veterans’ only hospitals:
Trump would likely push VA health care toward privatization and might move for it to become more of an insurance provider like Medicare rather than an integrated hospital system….
A Trump spokesman told the Wall Street Journal:
some form of Medicare, we don’t see anything wrong with that.
A transcript of Trump’s PTSD comments reads:
“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in the room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it.”