Trump just sent families of troops missing Thanksgiving for border stunt a disgusting message

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Donald Trump’s shameful pre-midterms stunt of deploying soldiers to the border in order to pretend that the migrant caravan making its way up through Central America posed a legitimate security risk to the United States was kabuki theatre of the worst kind, as racist and disingenuous as it was monumentally wasteful.

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The president reduced the brave men and women of our military to little more than political props, demonstrating the profound disrespect for the American military that has come to define his tenure as commander in chief.

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Now that the elections are over and the Republican Party’s control has been washed out of the House of Representatives, the Trump administration is starting to implicitly admit their deception. The 5,400 troops that were sent south to combat the imagined existential threat are set to start returning home, although it’s still unclear when all of them will be back. And, because of Trump’s partisan hackery, many of them will miss Thanksgiving with their families for no legitimate reason.

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Today, Trump was asked about the soldiers who will have to miss the holiday. Not surprisingly, he was completely lacking in empathy or willing to admit that what he did was wrong.

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“Don’t worry about the Thanksgiving. These are tough people. They know what they’re doing and they’re great and they’ve done a great job. You’re so worried about the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They are so proud to be representing our country on the border,” said Trump.

Although it hardly needs to be said at this point, he doesn’t care about our soldiers or their families. He is an utter disgrace to his office and an undeserved burden that the military has been forced to shoulder.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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