He didn't say that. And if he did, he didn't mean it. And if he did, you didn't understand it. And if you did, it's no big deal. And if it is, others have said worse.
"Losers and suckers," when referring to those that gave the biggest sacrifice for the betterment and freedoms that we enjoy. Losers and suckers, is how he referred to our military fallen. In 1968, Donald Trump played football, tennis and squash. He stood 6 feet 2 inches, his medical history was unblemished, and he also graduated from college (which afforded him four deferments already), making him eligible for the draft and sending him to Viet Nam. In 1968, 300,001 men were supposed to be deployed to South East Asia, but it was only 300,000 because one rich kid that never had a problem before developed bone spurs. The bone spur pandemic of 1968 affected a lot of our wealthy young men, while the poor went off to a war we had no business being in.
I will say this, I don't have a problem that he was able to avoid fighting in that war. For me war is as unnecessary as a President Trump; there truly is no place for either, yet we have both. If he could be honest and say he was deferred because he didn't want to go, I would understand and maybe, even for a second, defend it. But even then, if you were so fortunate to avoid marching into battle, you have then lost your right to ever disparage those that have, and more over those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Speaking for myself, I never served. You know what else I've never done? I've never spoken a bad word about our military. I'll be the first to admit that this nation focuses more on going to war rather than trying to avoid it. But if you go off to war, the one thing you will always have from me is my undying gratitude and allegiance. Something Cadet Bone Spurs doesn't seem to get.
When I heard the report, I have to admit, it widened my eyes and took my breath. But when I stopped to think about it, it made perfect sense. After all, he has a history of disrespecting those that have served, John McCain most famously. "He was a war hero because he got captured; I like people who don't get captured," Trump said during an interview on the campaign trail. John McCain was already a prisoner of war for a year when Donny Draft Dodger received his bone spur diagnosis. This and this alone should have cost him the election, but it didn't. Then he went after the Kahns, a Muslim family who lost their son to war. Donald Trump belittled the Kahns, who strongly denounced Trump during the Democratic Convention. Regardless of what a Gold Star parent says about you, you respond with reverence, honor and respect. But instead he chooses to get into a school yard spat on a national platform as if they were arguing about a recess kickball game.
The history is there, for "losers and suckers." The foundation for that statement has been poured, to be uttered behind a closed door when you think you're with people that will obey you. But here's the problem: lines get crossed behind closed doors and those people have a soul and can't sit on it forever. They eventually can't hold it anymore and they release it. They fear retaliation, so at first, they do it quietly, but in time they will come forward, they always do.
Meanwhile in MAGAritaville, they put it through the spin machine to their most loyal followers to defend it with statements like, "Does that make sense?"; "Fake News!"; "Why is this only coming out now?"; "You won't be safe in Biden's America!" The spin cycle is in full gear. Because after all, he didn't say that. And if he did, he didn't mean it. And if he did, you didn't understand it. And if you did, it's no big deal. And if it is, others have said worse. What the Hell is Up with that?
Peter "Fish" Case is a man with an opinion. He offers up a weekly podcast discussion that can be heard at theearspoon.com. Questions, compliments and complaints can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.