Donald Trump’s “support” for the military is a farce. The Republican Party has long tried to present itself as the pro-military party and so this president is almost obligated to continue giving lip service to the myth even as he mocks POWs, attacks the families of Gold Star recipients, and papers over the fact that he repeatedly used the excuse of “bone spurs” to dodge the draft in Vietnam.
The president is a coward who wants to be seen as a tough guy, a chickenhawk who wants to play soldier, and ultimately an utter disgrace to the title of commander-in-chief.
Today, while speaking to a veterans group in Kentucky, President Trump once again reminded the country how little he actually respects military service and those who lay down their lives for America.
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In what is certainly one of his most poor taste jokes to date, he floated the idea of presenting himself with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award the U.S. military has to offer. He aimed the joke at Marine Corps Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams, who received the distinction for his heroism at the battle of Iwo Jima during WW2.
The Medal of Honor is awarded rarely and only in cases of extreme valor. It’s commonly given posthumously. In other words, it’s hardly a joking matter.
“Medal of Honor. Nothing like the Medal of Honor. I wanted one but they told me I don’t qualify. I said ‘can I give it to myself anyway?” They said I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Trump said, getting laughs but diminishing Williams’s service in the process.
President Trump clearly has no appreciation for the grave sacrifice American servicemen and women have made that prompted their receiving of this prestigious commendation. He soils their memories with his glibness and inability to treat even our most somber traditions with the gravity they deserve.
Watch the disgraceful performance below.
President Trump jokes with Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Cpl. Hershel "Woody" Williams while speaking at the American Veterans convention: "There's nothing like the Medal of Honor. I wanted one but they told me I don't qualify, Woody." https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5 pic.twitter.com/m7gqQcH5d8
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