[COMMENTARY] Twitter Turns On Trump Amid Myriad Military Scandals
If you don’t like the news about something Donald Trump said he was going to do, just wait a few hours and he’ll completely reverse course.
That’s what happened on Friday after media reports circulated Donald Trump was going to defund the independent military newspaper Stars and Stripes, which was founded in 1861 and soon became the most important publication for members of the active and retired military. It was an extra and seemingly unnecessary move, considering Trump was already receiving widespread criticism as a result of Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece in The Atlantic regarding a 2018 visit to a military cemetery in France where Trump referred to the 1800 war dead as “losers” and “suckers”. While Trump scrambled to deny the story, Twitter was quick to bring up his comments about the late Senator John McCain and other examples of his open hostility for the bravery of the American military.
1/ President Trump, who never served in the military, canceled a 2018 visit to a cemetery where American troops are buried, saying: “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” https://t.co/25GkwyjjJM
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 3, 2020
Joe Biden, whose late son, Beau, served in Iraq, was quick to criticize Trump.
Here’s my promise to you: If I have the honor of serving as the next commander in chief, I will ensure that our American heroes know that I will have their back and honor their sacrifice. Always. https://t.co/wMFHHscD51
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020
"asked his staff not to include wounded veterans… 'Nobody wants to see that.'"
"…referred to the more than 1800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as 'suckers' for getting killed."
"Rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled" https://t.co/r0x4n7tvbp
— Douglas M. Griffin (@DouglasMGriffin) September 3, 2020
You know it’s bad when you make Howard Dean do swears.
My brother was captured in Laos in September of 1974 and executed by the North Vietnamese on December 14, 1974. Fuck you, Donald Trump.
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 4, 2020
The Trump spin began almost immediately just as #TrumpHatesTheMilitary and #TrumpHatesVeterans were among the trends Thursday night as the bombshell revelations spread.
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tells press on AF1 that Trump is denying the Atlantic report, per @MarioDParker.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) September 4, 2020
The truth dies in darkness, huh Donny?
Trump rarely speaks to press upon returning to DC. Can't recall when he ever has. But he did tonight in the dark to vigorously deny the Atlantic story. "I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes…What animal would say such a thing?” pic.twitter.com/SMP7NdSo1Q
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 4, 2020
But Twitter never forgets.
President Trump takes aim at late Sen. John McCain once again, saying he was "never a fan." https://t.co/zP570PnykS
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) March 19, 2019
— Tara Dublin Is Anti-Fascism #BidenHarris2020 (@taradublinrocks) September 4, 2020
A real CIC, what’s that like? Oh, maybe like this.
Every day we are thankful for our veterans and fallen soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.@JoeBiden understands our sacred duty to care for our heroes and their families when they return home.pic.twitter.com/qnwYAbOrQ3
— Team Joe (Text JOE to 30330) (@TeamJoe) September 4, 2020
Wow, watch this clip — I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying 😭
Biden is the Commander-in-Chief America needs
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) September 4, 2020
This one is going to stick, especially now that Fox News confirmed the Atlantic story late Friday afternoon.
Two former sr Trump admin officials confirm .@JeffreyGoldberg reporting that President Trump disparaged veterans and did not want to drive to honor American war dead at Aisne-Marne Cemetery outside Paris.
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020
Even Fox News is confirming that Trump thinks American troops who made the greatest sacrifice a patriot can make are "losers" and "suckers."
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) September 4, 2020
His brother isn’t the President, but he plays one on TV.
Watch this and tell me you’re voting for Trump?pic.twitter.com/BRRHTDG81L
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) September 4, 2020