Here’s your latest manufactured Trump outrage. He disrespected veterans who have PTSD, says the media…
“When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it.”
A clumsy statement, maybe. But hardly a dis of veterans to anyone who has half a brain. Of course, we’re talking about Buzzfeed here. Wait, are you still reading them?
Cool story. Guess who wasn’t outraged? Marine Staff Sergeant Chad Robichaux.
The veteran who asked Trump the question…
“I think it’s sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda. I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have, and I believe he is committed to helping them. The nature of my question focused on a broken system that’s failing so many of our veterans and, as president, would Mr. Trump take a more holistic approach to health care for veterans. I interpreted his answer to affirm that the system is broken and he would take the necessary steps to address it. After eight combat tours in Afghanistan I came home and was diagnosed with PTSD, and I struggled with it. Since my own recovery I’ve been privileged to help 1100 veterans who have graduated from our program; none of whom have committed suicide since graduating. It’s a very important issue to me, which is why I was thankful for the opportunity to ask Mr. Trump about it directly.”
No one is going to confuse LwC writers for being blind Trump shills. I’ve supported Trump when he’s right and criticized him when fair (see Donald Trump Condemns North Carolina: ‘Let transgenders use whatever bathroom they want…’ and NRA-Endorsed Donald Trump Now Wants to Ban Americans from Buying Guns…). That’s never changed. It’s also what gives this site teeth when we call out the media for clearly manufacturing a controversy. But this is what the media does. If the nominee were Marco Rubio or John Kasich, outlets like Buzzfeed and Politico would still be printing the same misleading outlines. Why? Because they know their low information base will fall for any confirmation bias they see on social media.
Does Trump make it easier than most? Sometimes.
Does that justify it or mean we shouldn’t call out the left when it happens? Oh hell no.