President Trump has insulted Vietnam veterans, myself included. He has said that Vietnam was a stupid war; anyone who went there was a sucker.
This quote came to light in the aftermath of the furor over his remarks that those killed and wounded in our wars are losers and suckers. Those who went to Vietnam were “too dumb to have gotten out of it.” He expressed disgust and revulsion for war wounded. He didn’t want them in any parade he participated in because it was “not a good look.”
A variety of sources—the Washington Post, the New York Times, and even Fox News—have verified the validity of the quotes from Trump. There is no question he said, multiple times, the words attributed to him.
As readers of this blog know, I spent more time in Vietnam that in the U.S. between 1962 and 1975. I escaped under fire when Saigon fell. I stood shoulder to shoulder with young men brutally killed on the battlefield. I knew these men. I lived undercover as one of them, wearing their uniform and going into combat with them. I still grieve over their deaths.
For the president to refer to those of us who risked out lives on the battlefield and those who were killed or wounded as suckers and losers is a grave insult. I take it personally.
Let’s rid ourselves of the disgusting man currently occupying the White House. He has betrayed us.