Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) didn’t hold back on Donald Trump on the Senate floor Saturday, calling him a “five-deferment draft dodger”.
“Does he even know that there are service members who are in harm’s way right now, watching him, looking for their commander in chief to show leadership, rather than [trying] to deflect blame?” Duckworth said. “Or that his own Pentagon says that the short-term funding plans he seems intent on pushing is actually harmful to not just the military, but to our national security?”
“I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible,” she continued. “Sadly, this is something that the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do — and I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.”
“And I have a message for cadet bone spurs: If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops, and millions of innocent civilians, in danger.”
Trump blames the shutdown on Democrats, adding that they aren’t as concerned about our military as they are “illegal immigrants”.
Scott Dworkin with the Democratic Coalition points out…
Bustle points out:
Four of the deferments were because of college, while one was due to a bone spurs in his heel — something Trump himself doesn’t seem to fully remember. In a recent interview with the New York Times, for instance, he said the bone spurs were “temporary,” “minor,” and had no real impact on him. Yet he’s also said that the bone spurs made it difficult for him to walk “long-term.” In other instances, he’s declared that he’s in perfect health, and his longtime physician stated Trump has had “no significant medical problems” in over 40 years. They both seem to have forgotten that one problem supposedly so detrimental that it kept him from serving.
Simultaneously, Trump has said that it was ultimately getting lucky with a high draft lottery number that kept him from the war. However, he had already been deferred for medical reasons for over a year when the draft lottery started, making the lottery irrelevant for him.
Then, oh yes, there are the comments he made regarding Senator John McCain — a prisoner of war during Vietnam. He said that McCain was not a war hero, and that Trump liked “people who weren’t captured.” And let’s not forget the audio clip from the ’90s in which Trump told radio host Howard Stern that avoiding STDs while dating is his “personal Vietnam.”
This is a giant step backwards for our nation. And that sentence could apply to this announcement or this entire presidency. History will not look back kindly on this man, his family, his administration, or his voters/supporters.