Trump's Defenders: He Doesn't Hate the Troops, He Just 'Sounds Like an Asshole' - 2020-09-04
After The Atlantic reported on Thursday that Donald Trump had privately trashed American war dead as "suckers" and "losers," the White House, the president's 2020 campaign, and a broad array of Trump loyalists activated to aggressively denounce the report as fictitious and absurd.
In The Daily Beast's interviews with eleven senior administration officials, Trump aides, Republican operatives, and former and current friends of the president, several of them mounted a curious defense of Trump. Yes, they admitted, the commander in chief at times makes callous, tone-deaf comments about American military personnel behind closed doors. But it's because he hates the wars they're forced to fight, not the service members themselves.
"The president means no disrespect to our troops; it's just that the way he speaks, he can sound like an asshole sometimes," one of these sources, a current senior administration official, told The Daily Beast. "That's how he is [ when the cameras are off ]…It's his style."