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Author: Raine    Date: 05/30/2016 15:51:21

Every Memorial Day for the past few decades, a thing called Rolling Thunder comes to DC.

I was going to write about the GOP nominee's appearance at the rally. Then I stumbled across this article.

It says pretty much everything I wanted to say.
“All over the place, no matter where I go, there’s bikers!” Trump said. “My people would say, ‘They’re here to protect you, Mr. Trump.’ It’s an amazing thing!”

On the surface, this should not have been Trump’s crowd.

He is, of course, a draft-dodger.

When Trump’s draft number 365 was drawn on December 1, 1968 and he was given a chance to fight in Vietnam like the veterans he addressed Sunday afternoon, he instead got multiple student deferments as well as a medical deferment. Trump spent much of the duration of the war wearing white suits and partying at New York City discos like Le Club.

And he has, of course, not a shred of respect for POWs.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of Senator John McCain in July. McCain was captured in North Vietnam in 1967 after he was shot down by a missile. He was kept in solitary confinement for two years, beaten and tortured. He wasn’t freed until 1973.

“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you.”

We can debate and discuss the validity of Rolling Thunder another time, but to me -- cheering a man like this at a rally that originated from the ashes of the Vietnam war is a travesty and a smack in the face to all those who died in Vietnam. The drafted -- who didn't have the money or the connections to avoid the war... the ones who never returned -- it's an insult to their memory and sacrifice.


This is what a president does, he honors the fallen.

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