After President Trump reportedly referred to fallen U.S. troops as “losers” and “suckers“, American veterans are pushing back, with one retired Army officer even calling him out publicly over the remarks.
Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton addressed Trump in a video posted online by saying: “You’re no patriot.”
The emotion could be heard in Eaton’s voice as he spoke and held up the tattered dog tag that belonged to his late father, Col. Norman Dale Eaton, who lost his life in the Vietnam War in 1969.
Eaton said, “This dog tag was recovered at the crash site… My father was a patriot.”
Eaton wanted the president to hear his defense of his father and others like him who have not only served in the military, but who have given their lives for that service.
He said, “So, Mr. Trump, come 3 November, we’re all voting for a real patriot: Joe Biden… Our country’s honor depends on it.”
Read Jeff Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic. How could anyone support Trump? pic.twitter.com/xqfnklmCBq— Major General (ret) Paul Eaton (@PaulDEaton52) September 4, 2020
Eaton serves as an adviser to the progressive group VoteVets. The group has taken out ads that blast Trump on a number of issues, particularly those related to the military and the way Trump has treated the troops.
The Atlantic’s new report showed that Trump has treated the military with disrespect over and over again, including outrageous comments made to members of his staff in 2018 when he had to cancel a visit to France’s World War 1 graveyard, The Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, due to weather.
But what he reportedly said to aides was “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.”