Presidential Candidates Using Veterans
Politicians always have an agenda, that’s not news.
Using American veterans to get press coverage for their own Presidential bid, or to trash their opponents, is just despicable. May is Military Appreciation Month, so this kind of tactic seems even worse as we move close to Memorial Day.
Back in January Donald Trump held a televised fundraiser for American Veterans and at the end of the night claimed they had reached a total of more than $6 million. Apparently the actual amount was close to $4.5 million. The Trump campaign’s admission to the Washington Post that is was less than the $6 million initially reported came after months of silence to reporter questions on where the money had gone, since millions seemed to be unaccounted for.
The issue here is not that he raised funds for vets – that’s quite laudable. It’s that his campaign said it was $6 million when it wasn’t, used that to garner support and then dodged media questions about the lie for months.
It should come as no surprise then that a group is disgruntled vets protested outside Trump Towers. But what looked like a grassroots Veterans against Trump protest by over a dozen former service members was actually a coordinated effort, led in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, to embarrass her Republican rival over the fundraiser numbers. So she too is stepping on our vets to further her own ends.
Instead of using our veterans as props in their race to the Oval Office they should be doing everything they can to support American veterans and show appreciation for their service and their sacrifice.