10/4/16

Tough guy

Trump took another cheap shot in his remarks before the Retired American Warriors PAC:

Donald Trump: Military suicides happen to servicemembers who 'can't handle it'

The Trumpkins are claiming that Trump's comments were taken out of context.I don't believe that. Nor, apparently, do a lot of veterans.

This follows too closely with "Heel Spurs" Trump's insulting comments regarding John McCain.135 likes
You will recall that McCain was shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing run - his 23rd over North Vietnam. He bailed out over central Hanoi, coming down in Trúc Bạch Lake, with two fractured arms and a fractured leg. When the Vietnamese pulled him out of the water, they butt-stroked him with a rifle, crushing his shoulder, and bayoneted him. McCain spent five years in Hỏa Lò Prison, where he was subjected to repeated torture.

While this was going on, Trump was recovering from heel spurs. 

Oh, the humanity of it. The poor suffering man.

And this is the man who would be commander-in-chief.

But it gets better ... or worse, depending on your usage of the language. It turns out that as in so many other matters, Trump is clueless.

What Trump gets wrong on veterans' suicide, PTSD

[Trump's] statements perpetuate several myths about military and veteran mental health that are dangerous because they are contradicted by considerable scientific evidence as well as the experiences of service members and veterans who have grappled with psychological injury.

The worst of it:

But by far the more troubling implication of Trump's comments is that PTSD and suicide are signs of weakness. This perspective is incredibly dangerous and harmful to veterans. Multiple research studies have disproven this myth, showing that people who think about and attempt suicide can actually tolerate higher levels of emotional and physical pain than non-suicidal individuals.

"Heel Spurs" Trump. A man utterly clueless about the military, and those of us who have served, and those of us who serve today.