Monday, May 28, 2018

Here are 11 ways President Donald Trump has dishonored American veterans

Mod: Interesting article from the news site Raw Story that details some of the more bizarre incidents highlighting the current president's deep resentment of America's military veterans.

Here are 11 ways President Donald Trump has dishonored American veterans (Raw Story link): Memorial Day was the holiday meant to honor fallen soldiers, but somewhere along the line it has become a day that also honors all veterans. Regardless of whether the holiday is Memorial Day or Armistice Day, President Donald Trump is likely to mark the day claiming that he honors veterans who fought for America. It’s an interesting tactic given his history disparaging veterans, attacking Gold Star families, mocking prisoners of war, getting into a public battle with the family of a soldier that had just been killed.

Then there are the broken promises for the Veterans Administration. That alone could make for an even longer list.

However, as the president celebrates fallen soldiers Monday, here are 10 of the times he did the opposite:

1. The John McCain attacks

“He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured, OK?” Trump said at a 2016 campaign event.

A few days later Trump even doubled down on his remarks.

2. Trump goes after the Khan family for speaking out in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention.

“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing — and no one,” Khizr Khan said.

In the days that followed the statement, Trump went into full attack mode. He did everything from claim Khan’s wife wasn’t allowed to speak because she is a Muslim wife. He claimed he made sacrifices because he “created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures.” He even began spreading a conspiracy theory that came from some right-wing fever dream that Khan was secretly a “Muslim Brotherhood agent.”

It’s been almost two years and Trump has never apologized.

3. “My personal Vietnam”

Trump got five draft deferments while Vietnam raged for nearly 20 years. Trump had bone spurs, though. While we’ve heard about his medication list, eight, weight and other factors, but the president’s physician, and former nominee to chair the Veterans Administration, never gave a status update on the spurs that kept him out of serving his duty.

He didn’t miss out, however. Trump said that his sex life was like his own personal Vietnam.

“I was dating lots and lots of women,” he said in 2004. “I just had a great time. They were great years, but that was pre-AIDS, and you could do things in those days that today you’re at risk doing. AIDS has changed a lot.”

“It is a dangerous world out there — it’s scary, like Vietnam,” he continued. “It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”

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4. Promise the moon but give them pennies.

Twice, Trump promised that he would be donating to veteran causes. The reality, however, was another story. While campaigning in 2016, Trump indicated that he has sent nearly $6 million to different veterans groups nationwide, but when Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold called every veterans advocacy organizations to uncover who got what and how much, the donation was a little closer to nothing.

Despite making the claim for months, the money miraculously appeared to various organizations in the days that followed Fahrenthold’s report and questions for Trump.

5. The Niger widows.

The families that lost their husbands or sons in the Niger ambush didn’t get a call from the president for nearly two weeks. When the call finally came it was only after the president was blasted publicly in the press.

Except, when he called one family, he completely flubbed the call. Instead of taking the high road, Trump moved on to blast the family and a local Congresswoman and friend of the family who mentored the Sgt. La David Johnson.

If that isn’t bad enough, when Trump was blasted for his behavior, he swore that he had done more for Gold Star families than anyone. He even went so far as to claim that former President Barack Obama never called the families. Not only was the claim false, families who had received that heartbreaking call stepped up to call out the lie.

6. The $25,000 promise.

Chris Baldridge’s son was killed in June 2017 by an Afghan police officer. Over the phone, the president told Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge’s family how sorry he was. The father lamented how hard the family has struggled financially.

“He said, ‘I’m going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000,’ and I was just floored,” Baldridge told the Washington Post in an interview. “I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this. He said, ‘No other president has ever done something like this,’ but he said, ‘I’m going to do it.'”

The interview took place five months after the promise. The check hadn’t arrived. After publicly outcry at another Trump lie, the White House told The Post “The check has been sent.” Better late than never.

7. Trump’s lie he fixed VA wait times.

Everything was supposed to change. Finally, the White House would have an advocate for the veterans, Trump claimed in 2016. But, his promises haven’t proved much in terms of action.

One thing Trump said he would change are the wait times at the VA. During at least two events in 2017, Trump swore he’d fixed it.

“I used to go around and talk about the veterans and they’d stand on line for nine days, seven days, four days… 15 days. People that could have been given a prescription and been better right away end up dying waiting on line,” he said during a July speech. “That’s not happening anymore.”

It was.

“Now [veterans] go right outside, they go to a doctor in the area, we pay the bill, and it’s the least expensive thing we can do and we save everybody’s life and everybody’s happy,” the president claimed.

Except, they still wait. The Government Accountability Office quotes say that they still wait on average 81 days.


8. The backlog in veteran disability claims

Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 in August, saying that they were working to streamline disability compensation appeal claims for veterans.

It’s great for new vets applying for disability. For those who were stuck in the system, the wait continues as the legislation did nothing to reduce or address the current backlog or address appeals after denials. There are over 470,000 veterans stuck in the backlog. Former VA Secretary David Shulkin said that it would take $800 million and 10 years to clear the backlog of appeals.

They wait still.

9. VA’s Veterans Choice Program emergency funding ran out before it was supposed to.

Someone didn’t do their math correctly. When Congress passed and Trump signed the $2.1 billion in emergency funding for the VA’s Veterans Choice Program, it was supposed to keep the program afloat until February 2018. It ran out two months early.

10. Trump’s hiring freeze

Like many Republicans, Trump wanted to stop government from hiring new people, so he placed a freeze on any agencies bringing in new staff. For veterans looking for jobs at the Pentagon, in the social services or anywhere in government, they were locked out. While many might think it’s a small number, in 2015 The Hill reported that one-third of those applying for federal government jobs were veterans.

For understaffed agencies like the VA, the hiring freeze only made things worse.

11. Trump’s budget hurts veterans.

The Trump White House lacks a basic understanding for the daily life of those coming home from war and being discharged face. When Republicans sought to cut food stamps, they seemed to forget 1.5 million veterans use food stamps. Data on active-duty soldiers isn’t available because the Pentagon doesn’t share it. In 2013, however, 23,000 active-duty troops use food stamps.

Trump’s budget would gut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), by $17 billion for the 2019 budget.

Veteran-specific benefits and services fall short of meeting the needs of veterans and their families, many of whom struggle to meet basic needs even with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supports,” the Center for American Progress reported in 2017. “More than 3.9 million veterans live paycheck to paycheck—meaning their family incomes are less than twice the federal poverty level, or less than $50,000 for a family of four.”

So, if the president touts his “many successes” that show how he has “done more for veterans than any president in the history of the world,” Americans can remind him what he has really done.

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85 comments:

  1. I have two good friends, she’s Austrian and he’s German, in their late 70’s, and they became citizens about 5 years ago. She said it was a moving experience. Then they both were shocked at the similarities to Hitler that they were hearing from Trump. Now she says that if she were younger and alone (her husband is having health issues), she would turn in the passport and leave.

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    1. Trump kept a copy of Hitler's speeches by his bed and I don't think
      the millions who served to get rid of that evil man would be happy w/Trump
      and how he copies Herr Hitler.

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    2. The very things our soldiers sacrificed their lives for, the things that make America great, are the things this monster is stealing from us each and every day he draws breath.

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    3. Veterans group rips Trump tweet: Self-promotion on Memorial Day is 'appalling'
      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/389630-veterans-group-rips-trump-tweet-self-promotion-on-memorial-day

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  2. China approves 13 new Ivanka Trump trademarks in 3 months
    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ivanka Trump’s brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, The Associated Press has found.

    On Sunday, China granted the first daughter’s company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months, trademark office records show. Over the same period, the Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump’s company provisional approval for another eight trademarks, which can be finalized if no objections are raised during a three-month comment period.


    Taken together, the trademarks could allow her brand to market a lifetime’s worth of products in China, from baby blankets to coffins, and a host of things in between, including perfume, make-up, bowls, mirrors, furniture, books, coffee, chocolate and honey. Ivanka Trump stepped back from management of her brand and placed its assets in a family-run trust, but she continues to profit from the business.

    “Ivanka Trump’s refusal to divest from her business is especially troubling as the Ivanka brand continues to expand its business in foreign countries,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in an email Monday. “It raises significant questions about corruption, as it invites the possibility that she could be benefiting financially from her position and her father’s presidency or that she could be influenced in her policy work by countries’ treatment of her business.”

    https://www.apnews.com/9caf2ddbbae84bd09e9d732036d667b4

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  3. Trump on Memorial Day: Those who died for US 'would be very happy' with how country is doing
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/389607-trump-on-memorial-day-those-who-died-for-us-would-be-very-happy-with

    All about him to the 'nth degree.

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    1. Even our war dead are Trump branded. If you look at things we lost in this carbuncle presidency, solemnity is one. To a totalitarian all things are used for political purposes even the dead.

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    2. The sooner we can get this damn clown out of office, the shorter this long list of crazy things that Orange Head did will be to recollect after he is gone. I was seriously hoping he would have been a thing of the past by now.

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  4. With trump using the 'bone spur' excuse from daddy and it worked so well for him to be a famous 'draft dodger' why hasn't he made it a national holiday? or better yet this could be his defense of acting insane or being insane?

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  5. The Raw Truth-Trump Derangement Syndrome, Progressives peeved that Memorial Day causes interference with their beer drinking and barbeque plans, the constant reminder that today is a day set aside to honor those in the Military and those that have given their ultimate sacrifice, sends all Progressives into cerebral overload.

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    1. I think 8:31 has brain spurs.

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    2. No, 8:31 is right. Trump is deranged

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    3. You tried that joke yesterday and it failed like a bone spur

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    4. Trump = 4F Fatso.

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  6. 6:56am. Amazing your friends survived the Obama years, after all #44 was the "Big H" incarnate.

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  7. Siempre Fi. Tattler bloggers, ask any soldier if they support this President.

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    1. My nephew doesn’t. None of my uncles do

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  8. Today is the Day that Americans are truly grateful and will never forget our hero's who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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  9. 8:58am wee bit early for that Texas Tea you smoke, to each their own, you exemplify the TDS meaning.

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  10. It makes my blood boil to read the hypocracy of #45. Can't imagine what it would be like to have a draft dodger (5x deferrment for bone spurs) be your "commander in chief."

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  11. Reich-minded people like 8:31 and 9:06, who bend their knees for the Putin/Dennison ticket, will one day, after months of re-bleating their orange hero's claims that his manifold crimes are nothing more than false news, like other traitors throughout history, pretend they had disdain for Cadet Bone Spurs all along. It's in their nature.

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  12. Trump is far more popular with enlisted troops than Obama. Your lunatic and seething preoccupation with him will destroy you. Civil was is coming and you are on the wrong (losing) side.

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    1. You think civil war is coming? Damn. And here you call other people lunatics. Dude, you're barking mad.

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    2. Corrupt military sad that he took some of their toys away

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    3. I don’t believe Obama served. Why is that different?

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    4. There was no draft at the time. Trump lied to avoid the draft. He paid some Doctor to say he was afflicted with too tender feet.

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    5. Military service is not required to be President 1:28, and there was no war or draft when Obama was of age.

      There was war and a draft when Trump was of age, and Trump used the specious claim of "bone spurs" several times to avoid the draft and then claimed that his avoidance of STDs was his own Vietnam.

      That's the difference.

      By the way, where are the X-rays showing Trump's bone spurs?

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    6. Right next to Obama's college transcripts...on the shelf above Trump's tax returns....their all liars.

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  13. Someone, please list 10 things that obama did to honor our vets and military.

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    1. Well, he personally gave out 50 Medals of Honor, including posthumous ones going back to the Korean War.

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    2. We can concede that Obama did fail to formally honor the women who were casualties of Trump's personal "Vietnam" during his many tours of the NY club scene.

      "Trump, comparing sex to Vietnam, said in 1998 he should receive the Congressional Medal of Honor" http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/14/media/trump-stern-vietnam-stds/index.html

      And, of course, the deplorables will defend him.

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  14. https://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/the-coming-second-american-civil-war/

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    1. Buncha old fatsos having militia fantasies. The military would mop them up in a day.

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    2. Operation Tomato Shoot.

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  15. The Democrats also refused to accept Lincoln as President after the 1860 election. It didn't turn out well for them.

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    1. Talk about living in the past.

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  16. When Trump claimed more than a year ago that the Obama Administration spied on his campaign you wrote:
    "Real-life Saturday morning cartoon villain Donald Trump kicked off his day with a delusional rant about President Obama. In what appears to be a effort to shift focus away from the fact that his administration has more ties to Russia than a Moscow bondage club by leveling some rather interesting accusations at the right wing’s favored bogeyman.

    “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted after reading that it’s totally true on white supremacist propaganda mill Breitbart. “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

    Except now we know Trump was right (again) and your claims were bogus.

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    1. Who is "we?" Your local Klavern? If Trump didn't want the FBI watching his campaign, he shouldn't have been snuggling up with the Russians. I want the FBI keeping an eye on traitors like Trump. I can't wait until they arrest his fat butt and frog march him into court.

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    2. The KKK was founded by Democrats to oppose Republican Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War which was started by Democrats and after the assassination of Lincoln by slavery supporting Democrats.

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    3. Right. And now it is predominantly Republican, and very dedicated to Trump. Plus did you know his slumlord daddy was a Kluxxer?

      Donald Trump's father was arrested at Ku Klux Klan riot in New York in 1927, records reveal
      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/charlottesville-latest-donald-trump-father-fred-arrested-ku-klux-klan-kkk-rally-riot-queens-new-york-a7891701.html

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    4. kkk left the Dem Party to join the Republicans long ago, something 12:02 knows very well. What does that make 12:02?

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    5. An obedient Putin messenger boy.

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    6. My grandfather went to KKK meetings that were held on the bluffs where Loyola U. Is now. He wasn’t a member, He went to see what it was all about. Does that make him wrong?

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    7. It makes him at least a slow learner
      Sounds like you need to reconcile your relationship

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    8. Gramps knew that the KKK guys have the best dope. Big potheads, that crowd.

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  17. 9:46, I agree, so true that comment.

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  18. Soulless leaders can exist only with the complicity of soulless--or disturbed--supporters.

    Fortunately, Trump's supporters, whether soulless or disturbed, are not only a minority, they're individually and collectively what may be charitably described as "not very bright."

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  19. My dad who is nearly 98 was a marine. He was a lookout when the planes came to Midway after bombing Pearl Harbor. He has poor eyesight, memory issues and lousy hearing but is physically pretty spry. He told me that out of the 400 who started in his outfit, only 40 came home. I didn't expect him to vote in the presidential election and never brought it up. He then told me, "I voted against that idiot Trump guy". My dad got it right. War is awful and senseless. There should be other methods to settle disputes other than violence. I salute everyone, including my husband, who had the "balls" to serve in the military on this Memorial Day.

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  20. Freedom is not free. I was at this morning's memorial service at Pioneer Cemetery to honor those who paid the ultimate price so that I could live in the land of the Free.

    Thank you VFW Post 3208 for having this annual observance for all to be part of. And God bless America.

    Barry Gold

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    1. Freedom isn’t free... but it shouldn’t cost over $600 billion a year either. Time to reign in military spending and overseas aggression and nurture our nation.

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  21. Yeah ok your 98 year old dad voted for backbrace Hillary. Sure.

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    1. The greatest generation can recognize a nazi when they see one.

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    2. Creepy Hillary stalker is back

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    3. 1:02, have some class, you a-hole

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  22. 11:28am. Key words: ask any Soldier or any serving in the Military.

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    1. Poll: Majority of military officers view Trump unfavorably
      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/357297-poll-majority-of-military-officers-view-trump-unfavorably

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    2. Enlisted men support trump

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    3. My guess is the majority of enlisted men couldn't care less either way. Can you supply a reputable cite that would prove me wrong?

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    4. Many enlisted members of the military come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with a lot of them being either black or Hispanic. I can't imagine they're too excited about the Bigot In Chief.

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    5. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/802279001

      Majority of male troops support trump.

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    6. 70 percent of active duty enlisted men are white and 52 percent of the females are white. Both of whom voted for and support trump by big percentages. Go ahead and provoke a civil war with your anti-white screeching. You won’t like the results.

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    7. 4:15 - It's a known fact that most Kluxxers live at their mom's house. How is the old gal doing today?

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  23. Oprah would recommend you read Mein Kampf 11:54am, and wear your brown suit when you do.

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    1. That's it 1:28. Just call believers in democracy fascists and call fascists believers in democracy. Great alt-fact argument. Keep up your good and learned work!

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  24. Dtrump represented the Republican platform. Hillary Clinton represented the Democratic platform. I vote Democrat as did the 98 year old WW2 veteran. The Republicans now have a Dtrump agenda and it is out of their control because they can't figure how to stand up to this tyrant.

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  25. Gee how did trump get elected if no one voted for him

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  26. 7:08am. Good to know. Even Chelsea Clinton had the smarts when publishing her picture book "She Persisted", not to include her mom as a woman that made a difference in this world.

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    1. Many of these clowns can't deal with the thought of a woman as president, or a black man, either. Creepy Hillary Stalker is certainly one of them.

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  27. Good post. I certainly love this site. Thanks!

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  28. Rudy Giuliani gets booed when Yankees announce it's his birthday at Yankee Stadium
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/rudy-giuliani-booed-yankee-stadium-birthday-article-1.4013891

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  29. Rep. Garrett announces he is an alcoholic and will not seek re-election — Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) announced Monday that he is struggling with alcoholism and will abandon his run for a second term in Congress so he can focus on recovery and his family. Garrett, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, is the 44th Republican to retire or announce they will not seek reelection to the House this year, according to CNN’s retirement tracker. Many are leaving in anticipation of a strong Democratic performance in Congressional races this fall and out of frustration with partisan politics in Washington.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/rep-garrett-announces-he-is-an-alcoholic-and-will-not-seek-re-election/2018/05/28/40e8839a-62b2-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html

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  30. Memorial Day is the day we honor those that gave their ultimate sacrifice.
    Nobody wants war, disagreements should be settled through communication not bullets, but there is this tiny little thing called the human condition.
    Thank you to all the men and women who have and are serving in the Military and prayers and remembrance for the hero's that gave their lives to keep all of us free.

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  31. Which Republican who said "someone missed his daycare shift in the White House" after Trump tweeted yet another idiocy of his. Oh yeah, Bob Corker, who is also resigning. Why dont these Republicans stand up to the Nutcase before the Republican party is totally destroyed!

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    1. Because they are in it for the money. And trump is appeasing their corporate masters. Lame ducks can quack all they want as they look towards retirement and the hope of actually getting into heaven for all their sins

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  32. ‘We can never repay the debt’: Obama tweets moving Memorial Day tribute after Trump praises himself on Twitter
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/can-never-repay-debt-obama-tweets-moving-memorial-day-tribute-trump-praises-twitter/

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  33. Former NSA analyst claims US spy agencies have known Trump was ‘a Russian agent’ since 2016
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/former-nsa-analyst-claims-us-spy-agencies-known-trump-russian-agent-since-2016/

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  34. 4:28pm. Our own government did not feel compelled to SPY on Hillary and her campaign, she has had the top FBI Agents in her pocketbook for years.

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    1. Hillary wasn't collaborating with the Russians, Traitor Don was. It is the FBI's job to keep an eye on such turncoats. Why is this so hard for you to comprehend?

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    2. There are richer people than the clintons if the FBI wanted to take bribes.

      So, what facts can you support your claim with? Really, just at least one

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  35. None of the military or former military I know support Trump. However, I know of many police officers who DO. That should tell you something about our cops...

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  36. Memorial Day/ a day for haters to remain in their "safe places", the rest of us honor the hero's of the United States that fought in many War's throughout many years and died to keep all of us back home free.

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    1. That’s the third time you’ve misspelled ‘heroes’.

      Clearly your safe space was home schooling.

      And the US only really fought one foreign war to keep us free. Maybe WWI makes two, but our ‘freedom’ was never threatened in that conflict. The rest all just a chess game you’ve been sucked into thinking you have to be grateful for.

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  37. RETIRED GENERAL SLAMS TRUMP: THERE'S NOTHING 'HAPPY' ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY
    http://www.newsweek.com/retired-general-slams-trump-theres-nothing-happy-about-memorial-day-946487

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