January 30, 2023

Trump just made an offensive, unhinged Thanksgiving call to the troops

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Every year, the president of the United States makes a phone call to the men and women in uniform serving our country at home and abroad on Thanksgiving, thanking them for giving up their time with their families in order to serve a higher cause.


Unfortunately, it appears that President Trump has either failed to grasp the basic idea behind the presidential phone call or simply doesn’t care. His address to the troops this morning was an incoherent, disgraceful display from an old man who is very obviously losing more of his mental faculties with each passing day.

Deviating from the script he was given almost immediately, he turned his Thanksgiving address to the troops into another one of his rally speeches, with all the rambling tangents and unrepentant racism that usually involves:

For him to use the Thanksgiving holiday — which celebrates the immigration of Europeans to the Americas and their short-lived friendship with the Native Americans — to smear immigrants looking for a better life as “bad people” is appalling and an insult to everything our nation stands for.

He bragged and said that they can be proud that America is the “hot nation” in the world thanks to Trump:

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He then used a commendation to a Navy seaman to brag about how he went to the Wharton School of Finance — a college experience he used to dodge the Vietnam draft.

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Unable to wrench his focus away from obsessing over the Ninth Circuit Court and the judicial ruling that prevented him from denying immigrants at the border access to asylum in the United States, the President used his call to the troops to attack the independent judicial system that they have dedicated their lives to defending — and then things got really weird, as he asked the troops on the ground to weigh in on “trade.”

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It’s truly depressing to see this man use his Thanksgiving call the troops — many of whom are sitting in the desert at the border, eating MREs in a tent instead of being with their families for absolutely no reason other than because the president wanted a political stunt for the midterm elections — to spew both his racist, un-American propaganda and to attack the institutions which our nation holds dear.

As for this…well, what can you possibly say about this? The president of the United States just asked an officer if we were going to be building our new aircraft carriers with steam or “electromagnetic.”

He’s losing his mind.

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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