Curt Schilling Insults Army Veteran Then Brags About Visiting The Troops Once
On Monday, President Donald Trump had these horrifying words to say about the American military, after complaining that they don't "fight to win" anymore:
"Win. We have to win. We have to start winning wars again," Trump said. "I have to say, when I was young, in high school and college, everybody used to say that we never lost a war. 'We never lost a war.' You remember."
"And now we never win a war," Trump added. "We never win. And we don't fight to win."
The idea that winning wars is at the top of the President's list of priorities is gut-wrenching enough. Even worse is the fact that the war that is featured so fondly in his high school and college memories is fucking Vietnam, well-documented as one America's greatest failures. The senseless conflict was responsible for over 200,000 U.S. casualties, including 60 thousand dead American soldiers - and the in the aftermath there were thousands of veterans left homeless, sick, traumatized and drug addicted.
That's all not to mention the fact that even if the President's fictional version of the 1960's as a "golden age of war" were true, he is a notorious draft dodger. Now he's certainly not the first president to be labeled as such, but as he primes the country to enter wars purely for the sake of winning, it becomes infuriating.
And when Donald Trump and his alt-right brigade of narcissists have already hit peak infuriating, we can always count on Curt Schilling to make things worse.
In response to Trump's comments, CNN contributor, President of the Let America Vote initiative and former Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, tweeted the following:
This is a reasonable response from a former Army intelligence officer who was deployed to Afghanistan. The military is by no means above critique, but as per usual, Trump wasn't offering any legitimate criticism. It was baseless rhetoric.
Speaking of which...
The sad part is that Schilling would probably know what Trump meant, since his association with Breitbart has him tied in closely with White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon. The trouble is that it doesn't matter whether Trump is referring to actual soldiers or leadership. It's still an inexcusable characterization of the American military.
Kander responded with unecessary humility about his time in the middle east, while pointing out that the former MLB star has never served.
Schilling shot back by denigrating Kander's military service in Afghanistan and insinuating that one trip to visit troops qualifies him to weigh the bravery of some soldiers against that of others.
This guy is so delusional, and so empowered by his ties to the successful alt-right, that he actually believes he's more qualified to have this discussion than Kander, who finally ended his involvement in the conversation with this:
Schilling has gone from being a social media annoyance to something much scarier in the months since the alt-right took the White House. He's now an avatar for millions of Americans who think the way that he does, and with his ties to people directly involved in the internal workings of our government, that should terrify you.
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