The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), one of America’s oldest and most cherished veteran organizations, has had just about all they can take from Donald Jack*ss Trump. The man born with a gold (silver is for poor losers) foot in his mouth simply can’t stop offending our fighting men and women. Trump disgraced himself yesterday when he falsely claimed to have helped build the Vietnam Memorial, and lord knows he found a whole a new low to sink to when he attacked the family of the slain Muslim soldier. The latter of the two has angered the VFW.
Here’s the official statement put out by the VFW:
Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star Mother is out-of-bounds, said the new national commander of the near 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary.
Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression, said Brian Duffy, of Louisville, Ky., who was elected July 27 to lead the nation’s oldest and largest major war veterans organization. There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed. Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.
Petty politics notwithstanding, it takes a special kind of a-hole to besmirch and insult a family who lost their son in combat. Moreover, it is even more nauseating when you consider that Trump avoided combat in Vietnam through draft deferments.
Trump’s relentless attacks on this one poor family may get him more deranged followers on Twitter, but it’s doing no favors for the Republican Party. After all, this is a party that has spent years cynically exploiting the troops for political gain. However, Trump’s continuous attacks on this family of a slain soldier may forever burn the bridge to one of the country’s greatest and most respected constituencies. And that’s not just bad for Trump, but bad for the Republican Party.
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