Trump: Soldiers who die in battle are "losers" - 2020-09-03
Jeffrey Goldberg has a stunning story today about President Trump's attitude toward the military. In a nutshell, he's contemptuous of anyone who served, anyone who was captured on the battlefield, or anyone who died. Goldberg's piece starts with a description of Trump's canceled visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018:
In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, "Why should I go to that cemetery? It's filled with losers." In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as "suckers" for getting killed.
…According to sources with knowledge of the president's views, he seems to genuinely not understand why Americans treat former prisoners of war with respect. Nor does he understand why pilots who are shot down in combat are honored by the military.