(Arlington, VA — October 4, 2016) – The words “Donald Trump” and “innocent” have likely never been used in the same sentence since the GOP presidential candidate from New York declared his candidacy on June 16, 2015.
There’s a first time for everything.
Squirrelhead Donald was accused of belittling psychological disorders – specifically, the mental health of those who serve in the military – during a campaign stop with the Retired American Warriors on October 3. He allegedly claimed that many who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are not “strong” and “can’t handle it” when it comes to the rigors of combat … and its aftermath.
But it appears that he wasn’t actually singling out these soldiers, but was rather expressing empathy at their plight.
“That shocked us even more than being wrong,” said a spokesman for the Washington Post, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Donald Trump is capable of empathy. Whoda thunk it?”
Squirrelhead Donald specifically said:
- “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it. But a lot of people can’t handle it. And they see horror stories. They see events that you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it.
- “Now we need a mental health help and medical. And it’s one of the things that I think is least addressed and is one of the things that – like your question – one of the things that I hear the most about when I go around and talk to the veterans. So we’re going to have a very, very robust, level of performance having to do with mental health. We are losing so many great people that can be taken care of if they have proper care.
- “You know, when you hear the 22 suicides a day it’s a big part of your question. But when you hear the 22 suicides a day that should never be. That should never be. So we’re going to be addressing that very strongly and the whole mental health issue is going to be a very important issue when I take over and the VA is going to be fixed in so many ways but that’s going to be one of the ways we’re going to help.
- “And that’s in many respects going to be the number one thing we have to do. Because I think it’s really been left behind. OK?”
Given his behavior over the past 16 months, it’s unlikely that this burst of compassion will have any effect on voters who still haven’t made up their minds about the upcoming election.
“Who’s going to give him the benefit of the doubt at this point?” asked a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “His scorched-earth policy has left no room for that. And I think he’s getting what he deserves. He’s accused so many people of doing things that they never even considered doing. And now we’re supposed to feel sorry for him? Good luck with that.”
It’s also important to remember that Trump doesn’t have the best relationship with veterans or the military. Most haven’t forgotten his comments about Senator John McCain (R-AZ) from July 18, 2015:
- “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
McCain endured 5½ years of torture as a Vietnam POW. Squirrelhead Donald received five deferments for Vietnam, though he has said that his “personal Vietnam” was fighting off STDs during the 1980s.
“And keep in mind that McCain has still endorsed Trump for POTUS,” said a political observer, speaking on condition of anonymity. “So I guess offensive insults just aren’t what they used to be.”
Also, on July 28, following a speech by Khizr Khan, whose 27-year-old son, Captain Humayun Khan of the United States Army, was killed while serving in Iraq on June 8, 2004, Squirrelhead Donald attacked Khizr Khan’s religion and his wife, Ghazala, for standing silently behind her husband on the stage.
And there’s more:
- November 12, 2015 – “I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.”
- June 5, 2016 – U.S. generals “don’t know much because they’re not winning.”
- June 14, 2016 – “Iraq, crooked as hell. How about bringing baskets of money – millions and millions of dollars – and handing it out? I want to know who were the soldiers that had that job, because I think they’re living very well right now, whoever they may be.”
- July 1, 2016 – “What do you think about waterboarding? I like it a lot. I don’t think it’s tough enough.” (Waterboarding is a method of torture banned by international law; using it constitutes a war crime.)
- Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success – On his draft lottery number: “My number was so incredible and it was a very high draft number. Anyway so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people.”
“And yet, there are veterans and current members of the military who love Trump,” said an industry analyst, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And nothing’s going to change that. So who’s really insane here?”
The whole episode has many scratching their heads over Squirrelhead Donald’s latest “pseudo-pivot” – and not sure of what comes next.
“He may have really changed this time,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But it’s most likely he hasn’t changed. And even if he has somehow morphed into what we sane folks would call a human being, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s still an anti-Asian, anti-Catholic, anti-disabled, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-obesity, anti-Semitic, anti-veteran, homophobic, hypocritical, misogynistic, narcissistic, pathologically lying, pro-Klan, psychopathic, racist, schizophrenic, small-membered, sociopathic, treasonous, xenophobic bully.”