His former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, has confirmed stories about Trump’s regard for military service.
Trump is, according to Kelly, “a person that thinks those who defend their country in uniform, or are shot down or seriously wounded in combat, or spend years being tortured as POWs are all ‘suckers’ because ‘there is nothing in it for them. A person that did not want to be seen in the presence of military amputees because ‘it doesn’t look good for me.’ A person who demonstrated open contempt for a Gold Star family — for all Gold Star families — on TV during the 2016 campaign, and rants that our most precious heroes who gave their lives in America’s defense are ‘losers’ and wouldn’t visit their graves in France.”
Trump’s former Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, had similar thoughts about his former boss on Sunday.
“Donald Trump never understood the importance and virtue of military service,” he told CNN. “It’s not something he understands or appreciates.”
According to Haley, Trump’s remarks present Republican Primary voters with a clear choice between actual support for the U.S. military and token claims of gratitude.
“This is a chance America’s going to get to decide. We know what Donald Trump is,” she said.
Haley’s husband responded to the attack by sharing an image of a wolf superimposed with a joke of his own.
“The difference between humans and animals? Animals would never allow the dumbest ones to lead the pack,” his post read.
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