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Author: Raine    Date: 09/08/2016 13:10:17

There are many things that are being said about last nights Commander in Chief Forum Hosted by IAVA. There were seemingly minor foibles such as this, as reported by the Hill:
"Mr. Trump, I wanted to ask what your plan will be to stop 20 veterans a day from killing themselves," said Rachel Fredericks, who served in the Marine Corps as an aviation operations specialist from 2008 to 2010.

"And actually it's 22," Trump responded during the forum hosted by NBC News and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Fredericks, identified as an undecided Republican who is leaning Trump, grimaced and shook her head.

Trump then added, "And it's almost impossible to conceive that this is happening in our country. Twenty to 22 people a day are killing themselves."

Although the rate of veterans suicide was previously estimated to be 22 a day, the Department of Veterans' Affairs updated that number to 20 in August.

Former Secretary of State Clinton got the number correct.
LAUER: Sergeant, thank you very much for your question. Let’s talk about veterans and suicide.

CLINTON: Yes, let’s, please.

LAUER: It’s an alarming, alarming story. The population of veterans has a rate of suicide far above the general population.

CLINTON: Twenty — twenty suicides a day.

LAUER: What are you going to do to stop it?

CLINTON: Well, this month is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. And I’ve spent a lot of time with family members, survivors, who’ve lost a loved one after he or she came home, sometimes suffering from PTSD or TBI or sexual assault, being handed bags of opioids, not being given an appropriate treatment to help that particular person, which is something, to go back to the sergeant’s question, we have to change.

So I rolled out my mental health agenda last week, and I have a whole section devoted to veterans’ mental health. And we’ve got to remove the stigma. We’ve got to help people currently serving not to feel that if they report their sense of unease, their depression, that somehow it’s going to be a mark against them.

Donald trump mansplained to a member of our military, and he got it wrong.

Then there was this, from the transcript linked above.
QUESTION: Mr. Trump, I have a daughter who is interested in joining the service, but when she researched the military, she saw the stats on sexual assault and decided not to go. I have a concern about the rape of women in our armed forces. As president, what specifically would you do to support all victims of sexual assault in the military?

TRUMP: It’s a great question. And it’s a massive problem. The numbers are staggering, hard to believe, even. But we’re going to have to run it very tight. I at the same time want to keep the court system within the military. I don’t think it should be outside of the military. But we have to come down very, very hard on that.

And your daughter is absolutely right, it is a massive problem. But we have to do something about that problem. And the best thing we can do is set up a court system within the military. Right now, the court system practically doesn’t exist. It takes too long.

LAUER: In 2013, on this subject, you tweeted this, quote, “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military, only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?”

TRUMP: Well, it is — it is — it is a correct tweet. There are many people that think that that’s absolutely correct. And we need to have a…

LAUER: So this should have been expected? And does that mean the only way to fix it is to take women out of the military?

TRUMP: Well, it’s happening, right? And, by the way, since then, it’s gotten worse. No, not to take them out, but something has to be happen. Right now, part of the problem is nobody gets prosecuted. You have reported and — the gentleman can tell you, you have the report of rape and nobody gets prosecuted. There are no consequence.

I literally cannot even begin to comprehend how anyone thinks this man is fit for the highest office in our nation. Trump said: The V.A. is really almost, you could say, a corrupt enterprise. and this: We have a depleted military. We have the greatest people in the world in our military. But it is very sadly depleted. and this: Well, they’ll probably be different generals, to be honest with you.

There was this tidbit about Libya, from the GOP Nominee: Hey, Matt, again, she made a mistake on Libya. She made a terrible mistake on Libya. And the next thing, I mean, not only did she make the mistake, but then they complicated the mistake by having no management once they bombed you know what out of Gadhafi. I mean, she made a terrible mistake on Libya.

Really? we have video these days and it is easily searchable:

There is plenty more that I can say, but I am still astounded at what we saw last night. This is just one fact check piece about it.


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