(UnitedVoice.com) – Like any other group, veterans are not all alike. Some veterans are liberal, conservative, and others are moderate in their political views—some support President Donald Trump and others don’t. On Thursday, September 3, The Atlantic published a horrendous article accusing the President of the United States of disrespecting, and even disliking, America’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.
I am a veteran of both the US Navy and the US Army. I know it’s an odd combination that happens rarely. I was enlisted in the Navy and worked maintenance on fast-attack submarines in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a Chaplain. I saw my fill of tragedy and met heroes who served our country. I didn’t meet one who wanted to die. But, I met many who were willing to do so if that meant protecting their loved ones and their way of life in the wake of 9/11.
In the wake of the Russian collusion hoax that almost led to a coup, fake impeachment, the smearing of Kavanaugh by politicians, and the media, I question almost everything I read about Trump. The media coverage of the president is over 90% negative, and the bias against him is horrible. They twist his words and have tried to frame him as a racist, homophobe, xenophobe, and every other name one can come up with that isn’t pleasing.
Now that it’s election time, I don’t expect it to stop. It’s one thing to oppose a politician based on one’s ideas and merits or lack of merits. It’s another to conjure up continual hoaxes and lies. Unfortunately, for the next two months, I expect fake stories to intensify against the president. They don’t just oppose his policies; they literally hate him. Out of that hate, they will try anything to get him out of office.
The question is, will voters reward all of this disgusting behavior by Democrats, anti-Trump Republicans, and the media?
Story Says Trump Disparaged WWI Dead
The heart of The Atlantic’s story by Jeffrey Goldberg is that Trump has a hate for those who served in the military and either died, were captured, or incurred grave injuries. On a wet and rainy day in 2018, the president was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. It’s the site where America and its allies stopped the German advance toward Paris in the spring of 1918. Trump was scheduled to pay respects to the Marines, who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom.
The official story was that the trip was canceled due to the weather.
However, Goldberg claims four anonymous sources told him the trip was canceled because of Trump’s disdain for soldiers who die in combat, and that he used the weather as a cover. The “reporter” claims the weather was fine for travel. However, Goldberg’s claim runs counter to a Freedom of Information request.
On that Atlantic Story – @JeffreyGoldberg and his "four sources" claim Trump's helicopter flight to the US/French cemetery wasn't cancelled due to weather.
FOIA docs prove this to be false.
Their "sources" are failing basic fact checks – making them essentially worthless. pic.twitter.com/wAa7FrSxoW
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 4, 2020
Where I’m concerned, that’s all I need to know. If Goldberg lied in one part of the story, is the whole story a lie? There’s no way to prove that it is, or it isn’t, and that’s the problem. Journalism should be verifiable, factual, and unquestionable on a scale this large.
Was Their Coordination With Liberal Groups to Promote the Story?
Almost immediately after The Atlantic posted the story, a Liberal veterans group released an election video against the president. VoteVets claimed that the president is panicking and that he would lose the military vote.
The timing of the article and release of the video ad makes me question if the Atlantic’s report was nothing more than another hit piece against the president? Am I supposed to believe this is all coincidental? Rarely in politics does anything that appears coordinated happen by accident.
President Trump Fights Back
Senior White House officials fought back the claims made by Goldberg. They noted that not one person was mentioned by name, nor how Goldberg got his “facts.” On Thursday night, Spokesman Judd Deere tweeted it was because the anonymously sourced story is false.
However, the president took it a step further and aggressively and rightfully defended himself:
I was never a big fan of John McCain, disagreed with him on many things including ridiculous endless wars and the lack of success he had in dealing with the VA and our great Vets, but the lowering of our Nations American Flags, and the first class funeral he was given by our….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
I believe a story as salacious as this should have been better fact-checked, supported, and sources should have been willing to put their names on it.
With all of the false claims the last four years against this president, you would think the media would have learned their lesson by now. I suppose not. This veteran will continue to support the president and is grateful for the work he has done in rebuilding the military after eight years of neglect by Obama and Biden.
The men and women who serve in our military deserve nothing less than the nation’s gratitude, and a president who will support them and only call them to duty when it’s needed.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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