The democratic presidential field has grown crowded and now features over 20 candidates with a variety of priorities. One potential advantage to having multiple candidates is that they can all make different arguments against another Trump presidency.
Two of the democratic hopefuls, Seth Moulton and Pete Buttigieg, served in the military and were deployed to battle zones. The duo have recently made a point of attacking Trump for his 5 deferments during the Vietnam War.
Buttigieg hit first and hit hard, accusing Trump of falsifying injury to get out of serving. He told ABC, “There is no question, I think, to any reasonable observer that the president found a way to falsify a disabled status, taking advantage of his privileged status in order to avoid serving.”
The South Bend mayor continued, ““You have somebody who thinks it’s all right to let somebody go in his place into a deadly war and is willing to pretend to be disabled in order to do it. That is an assault on the honor of this country.”
The Massachusetts congressman made a similar argument against Trump. I don’t think that lying to get out of serving your country is patriotic,” said Moulton. “It’s not like there was just some empty seat in Vietnam. Someone had to go in his place. I’d like to meet the American hero who went in Donald Trump’s place to Vietnam. I hope he’s still alive.”
Moulton, who recently revealed that he suffers from PTSD, has made expanding military health care a key component of his campaign. He told reporters, “I think dealing with this has made me stronger, and I think it’s good to have a president who has had to make life-or-death decision before and live with the consequences.”
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