President Donald Trump is desperate to repair his falling poll numbers among active duty troops and veterans ahead of the election, so he used 241 dead United States Marines as props and dared to say “Semper Fi” to “honor” them.
The Marines were killed 37 years ago in 1983 when truck bombs exploded at the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. None of them used a claim of bone spurs to avoid military service like Trump did during the Vietnam War. None of them also lived to hear the draft-dodging president insult their service by referring to them as “suckers” and “losers,” which is what Trump said about dead soldiers when he refused to visit a World War I cemetery in France.
But those who survived and the families of the deceased not only heard it, they were subjected to Trump pretending to care about them on Twitter.
On the 37th anniversary of the horrendous attack on our United States Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers in Beirut, we honor the 241 heroes who lost their lives that day. We will NEVER forget them. Semper Fi!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2020
And that did not go down very well.
— Nick Lacoste (@Nick_Lacoste) October 23, 2020
— TIM ⚽️⚾️🏒 (@TBates314) October 23, 2020
As a veteran I thought you said we were losers.
— 63 Blue Vet (@63_vet) October 23, 2020
mister president sir I’m so glad that your bone spurs didn’t prevent you from using our troops as props again
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) October 23, 2020
Let’s do honor our fallen heroes. Let’s also confront Putin about bounties on our other heroes.
— Bill Johnson – Vote Vote Vote (@Bill43111) October 23, 2020
The sincerity flows, it flows until it oozes, with insincerity.
Those rare birds who take umbrage to the sheer volume of base lying, every single day.
— SorthNouth (@BrinoJason) October 23, 2020
what about the bounties on our troops? you have forgotten them already! FYI, a infamous cheater should never say “Semper Fi”, the meaning is “always faithful”.
— foof (@foof343) October 23, 2020
Sir: thank you for remembering this country’s loss on that terrible day 37 years ago. However with respect, I ask that you never again use the term “Semper Fi”. It is a sacred promise Marines share, even we former Marines. Given your reputation it’s clear you will never keep it pic.twitter.com/otGjQRSrvu
— Bill Smith (@solivitaguy) October 23, 2020
does a draft dodger get to say “semper fi”?
— 🌊mindfuel🌊 (@defiantthinking) October 23, 2020
Nice try from a five time draft dodger !
— WVUCountryRoads (@RoadsWvu) October 23, 2020
Donny Boy, not one of those guys had crippling bonespurs.
Or a father rich enough to buy a doctor.
— BigMac Reynolds (@BigMac84815577) October 23, 2020
A hero is something you will never be thanks to those “bone spurs”!
— Anthony Lee 🌏 (@AnthonyLee59) October 23, 2020
Clearly, Trump is spewing empty words. It’s all about trying to get re-elected while pretending that he’s somehow a soldier or veteran. He’s not. He had to chance to fight for his country and he insulted those who fought and died by dodging the draft. And he is still insulting them today. He has never had any respect for the uniform or the flag. They are only a means to an end for him.
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