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Democratic candidates make a mistake in failing to lace into President Donald Trump when he says things that are patently false, insulting to the military and reaffirm his unfitness as commander-in-chief. Granted, that could be a frequent occurrence, but sometimes the moment cries out for a swift direct rebuke.

Trump, in carving his path of destruction through Anglo-American relations, declared in an interview with Piers Morgan on Wednesday that "I would not have minded that at all. I would have been honored" to serve in Vietnam. He got out of service for "bone spurs," so one wonders if he really didn't mind.

Moreover, Trump sounded like he had--don't laugh--conscientious objections to the war: "I thought it was very far away, and at that time nobody ever heard of the country. So many people dying, what is happening over there? So I was never a fan--like we're fighting against Nazi Germany, we're fighting against Hitler."

I'm not sure what he's saying although it sounds a little like Neville Chamberlain ("a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing"), but he sort of sounds like he was saying it was fine to shirk a war people didn't like. Then it got really weird.

Trump declared that "I think I make up for it right now" (made up for ducking service?) because of the big defense budgets he has requested. The technical term for this sort of reasoning is "bonkers."

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) let him have it on Twitter:

"You didn't 'give' the military anything. That money belongs to American taxpayers (which you are not) & is appropriated by Congress (which you are not part of).

"So you are pretty much the only person in America who is NOT involved in funding the military."

Trump likes to stand in the reflected glory of the military and pronounce his affection for them, but he understands virtually nothing of their code of military service. He's suggested bombing wives and children (a war crime) and pardoning actual war criminals. He uses the military as a prop.

Moreover, if he were a true friend of the military he'd not take them by surprise in announcing a Syria pullout, nor deny Russia's attack on our elections (which military intelligence among others in the intelligence community emphatically said had occurred) nor hollow out the State Department (as former defense secretary James Mattis explained, if you cut diplomats, the military will need more bullets), nor fire beloved Mattis and replace him with an ex-Boeing executive who lacks military experience of any sort.

Trump's demonstration of out-and-out cowardice in avoiding service--with a questionable injury--should not get a pass, no matter how many years have gone by.

Editorial on 06/07/2019

Print Headline: Excuses get more incoherent


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Archived Comments

  • mozarky2
    June 7, 2019 at 6:46 a.m.

    Again, in the days of conscription, bone spurs were an automatic disqualifier for service. Not defending Trump here, just stating a fact.

  • PopMom
    June 7, 2019 at 7 a.m.


    There is no evidence that Trump ever suffered from bone spurs. He always was active in sports at that time in his life. The story that the doctor wrote the letter as a favor to Fred Trump rings true. Trump's whole life has been about fraud. I wouldn't object so much to his getting out of service for the Vietnam war (Clinton did it) if he did not criticize John McCain so much. Trump has no class.

  • Seitan
    June 7, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

    Trump lied about his bone spurs, just as he lies about some many other things. In his case, it's a pathological condition. Need evidence? Over 10,000 are now verified and documented. He even lied about where his dad was born at least three times now. I mean, come on: that's not just a mistake. He's a chronic liar. Own it, Trumpateers.

    June 7, 2019 at 9:08 a.m.

    Trump is a lying coward.

    Not news.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 7, 2019 at 9:27 a.m.

    Jon McCain is/was a traitor. You obviously dont care.
    youve already done most of the kill. got any more killing planned for u.s.?

  • PopMom
    June 7, 2019 at 9:37 a.m.


    Your constant anti-semitism is as old as GenMac's racism. When will y'all learn that there is no race, ethnicity or religion which has a monopoly on good or evil? There are good and bad people of every hue and religion. You both get much misinformation from slanted websites which promote hate.

  • RBolt
    June 7, 2019 at 9:52 a.m.

    Just as the elder Trump gave his son vast amounts of free cash he denied receiving and frittered away through his own ineptitude, Trump's daddy also bought a false diagnosis of bone spurs for his cowardly offspring. Every opportunity Trump ever wanted was given to him unearned, so he has no understanding of personal responsibility as he blusters, cheats, and lies his way through life while paying hush money to facilitate his endless deceptions. How will his supporters even pretend to have any moral values when later confronted by their history of craven obeisance to this whiny little brat and all his shameful behaviors?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 7, 2019 at 10:22 a.m.

    youre kind was throwing shh and piss on these folks
    (the few who survived the bidding of the government you worship)
    the unmitigated gall of you scum bags.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 7, 2019 at 10:26 a.m.

    flagging posts that are not even "offensive" but you sure get offended easily dont you fascist?
    you willing to die for your beliefs? no... no you arent. but you do love to censor.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 7, 2019 at 10:28 a.m.

    That should be the headline.