Atlantic Gate 2.0: Trump Mocked Vietnam Soldiers
Atlantic Gate 2.0: Trump Mocked Vietnam Soldiers
A Republican friend of mine once told me that she often doesn’t like what President Trump says, but instead watches what he does. That’s good advice, especially in the midst of the controversy started by The Atlantic, which claimed Trump mocked dead World War I soldiers. Now it’s morphed into the mocking of Vietnam War soldiers.
On Friday, our Deanna introduced readers to the Atlantic controversy, questioning many of its assertions. She pointed out that weather kept Trump from going to the Aisne-Marne cemetery to honor World War I veterans. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to muss his hair, as Atlantic had reported. John Bolton also said that weather cancelled the trip.
Internet sleuths also confirmed that the cancellation was due to weather, in particular, fog. All it took was a FOIA request — something The Atlantic apparently didn’t make.
On that Atlantic Story – @JeffreyGoldberg and his "four sources" claim Trump's helicopter flight to the US/French cemetery wasn't cancelled due to weather.
FOIA docs prove this to be false.
Their "sources" are failing basic fact checks – making them essentially worthless. pic.twitter.com/wAa7FrSxoW
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 4, 2020
Here is a screenshot of the bad weather call. And if anyone says, “yeah, but helicopters can fly in the fog,” I have two words for them: Kobe Bryant.
Screenshot/click to enlarge.
Later on Friday, Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin “confirmed” the Atlantic story, and alluded to two new sources of information. Left-leaning media were ecstatic: Fox News, y’all!
Essential thread…from @JenGriffinFNC. That's Fox News, folks. Confirmation that Trump is the most unfit Commander-in-Chief in our history. It will be a test of media at today's press conference if they press him on this or if they simply let him shrug it off with his lies. https://t.co/7EUhy23Ep5
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) September 4, 2020
Plus, not only did Trump mock soldiers who died one hundred years ago, he also ridiculed Vietnam War soldiers.
According to one former senior Trump administration official: "When the President spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, 'It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker'."
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020
That led former Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean (remember him?) to eloquently address President Trump with a F*ck You!
“My brother was captured in Laos in September of 1974 and executed by the North Vietnamese on December 14, 1974. Fuck you, Donald Trump.”
Trump’s supposed remarks about Vietnam veterans are not some new bombshells. In 2019, ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen — a sketchy character if ever there was one — testified that Trump told him:
“You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam.”
According to another source that Jennifer Griffin cited, Trump also made this comment about military veterans:
“What’s in it for them? They don’t make any money.”
CNN added to the dog pile by pointing out the story about Trump’s draft avoidance due to bone spurs and college deferments. Yes, they dragged out that old saw about bone spurs.
But if you’re old enough to remember the Vietnam War era, you’ll remember how few young men volunteered to go. Many of them protested, burned draft cards, and even fled to Canada to avoid the draft. They did anything they could to avoid serving in Vietnam, like Bill Clinton, who did his own dodge-and-weave to avoid military service. If they were in college, their professors encouraged their opposition — doesn’t that sound familiar?
So let’s imagine placing today’s reporters — especially the Millennials — into a Wayback Machine and transporting them into 1960’s America. The same people who are caterwauling about Trump’s Vietnam comments would be protesting against that war. Perhaps they would even be insulting Vietnam soldiers, too.
Let’s also look at Democrat war hero, John Kerry, who in 1971 went before Congress to testify against the Vietnam War as part of the Winter Soldier Investigation. Kerry also claimed that his fellow soldiers committed rampant atrocities, which drew the ire of many Vietnam vets when he ran for president in 2004.
Not only that, but in 2006 that same John Kerry mocked soldiers who volunteered for duty in Iraq as being stupid:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Yet The Atlantic and other media outlets are eager to publish the out-of-context allegations of anonymous sources. Their goal is to keep Trump from being re-elected, not to seek out truth, like honest reporters should.
But if the media can make allegations about Trump, I can make allegations about them. Who put them up to this? Did someone in the Biden campaign encourage the Atlantic to publish this? Or perhaps a pro-Biden vet group — it’s amazing how quickly their campaign ad emerged after the story broke.
Let’s also look at Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. She’s the majority-owner of The Atlantic. She’s also in frequent contact with editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg. Plus, she’s donated over $1 million dollars to Biden and other Democrats since 2019. Did Jobs have a part in releasing this article?
The things that make you go hmmmm.
But as my friend said: I don’t like what Trump says. But I like what he’s done. For the military, Trump has increased readiness funding, invested in war fighting systems, updated nuclear forces, and of course, introduced the Space Force. That’s of much greater importance than anonymous out-of-context comments that President Trump may or may not have uttered.
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