The Orange Asshole and Veterans by MasterDraccus More Pasta

It’s a proud Republican tradition to treat Veterans like crap. In case that site’s down, Republicans:

  • blocked a $1 billion jobs bill that would have helped millions of vets > * blocked a bill that would have kept benefits on par with the cost of living > * killed the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act > * killed the Veterans Retraining Act > * killed the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Act > * killed the Disabled Veterans Home Improvement Act > * killed the Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act
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  • The Pentagon is apparently attempting to dissolve “Stars and Stripes,” a popular military newspaper that has been published using taxpayer dollars since the Civil War. The House is working to counteract the memo and associated budgetary change that would shutter the paper, but the Senate has not yet taken action. September, 2020. USA Today
  • The president reportedly called John McCain and George H. W. Bush “losers” when addressing his staff due to McCain being a POW and Bush getting shot down during WWII. Additionally, sources claim he was absent from a ceremony in a French military cemetery in 2018 because “he did not believe it important to honor American war dead,” and separately referred to 1800 Marine war casualties as “suckers” for getting killed. Reported September, 2020. The Atlantic
  • After staffing the VA with campaign doners, VA officials removed the 48-hour review of changes to veterans’ claims which veterans’ groups and 42 Attorneys General argue is critical to ensuring accuracy of the claims process. July, 2020. Stripes
  • Trump promised to veto Defense Spending Bill, suspending military pay, if Congress introduces amendment to change names of military bases. The amendment passed both houses of Congress intact. July, 2020. Reuters
  • Intelligence was incorporated into the PDB around March 2020 that Russia paid bounties to kill American troops. Since then, Trump has petitioned world leaders to bring Russia back into the G8, and has dismissed the intelligence reports as non-credible. June, 2020. Reuters
  • The White House attempted to end National Guard deployments one day before they could claim benefits. May, 2020. Politico The deployments were extended after the story broke, but it’s unclear if it was because of the story, since some of those deployments were later extended again. The Hill
  • The Trump adminstration seized 5 million masks intended for VA hospitals. April, 2020. Huffpost Jared Kushner allegedly created a middleman between government agencies and the National Stockpile by distributing equipment to private companies for a fee, and contacting those companies to sell the equipment to various agencies, states, and localities. Politico
  • Brett Crozier, the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was relieved of command by the acting Secretary of the Navy after warning superiors that a COVID19 outbreak would likely sideline the aircraft carrier. The virus subsequently spread amongst the crew. March, 2020. USNI Timeline Historically, COs have been relieved of command by the Commodore of their squadron, the Chief of Naval Personnel, or the Chief of Naval Operations. This relief was conducted by the Secretary, who is appointed by the President, meaning it is highly likely that the President had a hand in making the decision. Business Insider
  • The Trump adminstration suddenly removed 9,500 servicemembers from Germany, purportedly without consulting the German Foreign Ministry or NATO. March, 2020 Reuters
  • After Iran’s retaliatory strike, 109 US troops suffered brain injuries. Trump dismissed these as “headaches.” February, 2020. Reuters
  • Trump has pardoned multiple war criminals, despite recommendations from military officials. He also intervened often on the Eddie Gallagher case, getting him removed from solitary confinement, stopping an internal community review that would have stripped Gallagher of his warfare device, demanding on Twitter that he not lose rank, and firing then SecNav Richard Spencer when Spencer pushed back. November, 2019. AP Gallagher Timeline Spencer WashPo OpEd Politico
  • Trump removed Lt. Col. Vindman and his brother from their positions in the White House when Vindman agreed to testify as part of the Ukraine debacle. Trump also criticized Vindman for asserting his rank and wearing his uniform while giving testimony. Vindman’s promotion to O-6 was reportedly contested by the President, and Vindman opted to retire shortly thereafter. November, 2019, June, 2020. Reuters Military Times
  • Trump abruptly withdrew support from America’s allies in Syria after a phone call with Turkey’s president. October, 2019. Reuters
  • The Trump administration sent American troops to defend the oil assets of the country that perpetrated 9/11. September, 2019. Reuters
  • Trump tweeted a photo of an Iranian launch site from a potentially classified source. August, 2019. NPR
  • Trump illegally diverted approved funding for schools on military bases, military housing, and daycare facilities to help pay for the border wall. August, 2019. NPR $3.6B, 2019 NPR, $3.8B, 2020
  • Trump appointed three of his Mar-a-Lago pals to run the VA. They were later accused of “meddling” by other VA staff. August, 2019. Huffpost
  • Veterans graves may be displaced due to border wall construction. August, 2019. Video from local NBC affiliate
  • Trump ordered the Navy rescind medals given to Eddie Gallagher’s prosecution team. July, 2019. Reuters
  • Trump sent troops to the border to assist with logistics, provide security, and paint the fence for a better “aesthetic appearance.” June, 2019. Military Times
  • Trump made his 2nd wife, Marla Maples, sign a prenup that would have cut off all child support if Tiffany joined the military, got a full time job, or joined the Peace Corps. Reported June, 2019. Vanity Fair
  • Trump turned away US servicemembers from his Memorial Day speech because they were from the destroyer USS John S. McCain. May, 2019. Business Insider
  • White House staffers reportedly discussed moving or covering the USS John McCain during the president’s visit to Japan. A later report explains that the ship’s name was covered by a tarp for topside preservation, but the tarp was removed while the president was still in Japan. May, 2019. Navy Times
  • The Trump adminstration purged 200,000 healthcare applications submitted to the VA. Reported May, 2019. Military.com Blog
  • The Trump adminstration deported the spouse of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, leaving their daughter an orphan. April, 2019. WashPo An immigration advocacy group suggests this issue may affect almost 12,000 military families. Military Times
  • Trump complained that he wasn’t thanked for appearing at John McCain’s funeral. March, 2019. The Independent
  • Trump appointees have increased privatization of the VA, leading to longer waits and higher taxpayer cost. Reported February, 2019. NPR
  • Trump refused to approve the budget without funding for the border wall, causing a government shutdown, and forcing the Coast Guard to work without pay. A bill was proposed by a Republican to specifically fund the Coast Guard, but Chuck Schumer blocked it. January, 2019. Task and Purpose The Hill
  • Trump banned service members from serving based on gender identity. January, 2019. Reuters
  • When a man was caught swindling veterans’ pensions for high-interest “cash advances," Trump’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined him $1. This type of fine has been termed the “Mulvaney Discount.” January, 2019. The Intercept
  • Trump called a retired general a ‘dog’ with a ‘big, dumb mouth.’ January, 2019. The Hill
  • Trump didn’t visit troops overseas until 2 years after taking office. December, 2018 Military Times from October, 2018 CBS News
  • Trump posted pictures with deployed members of a SEAL team during his visit, including their names and faces. December, 2018. Huffpost
  • Trump told deployed troops that he had given them a 10% raise. He actually tried giving the military a raise that was lower than the standard living adjustment, which Congress rejected. He then told servicemembers his raise was larger than Obama’s. It wasn’t. December, 2018. Military Times Additionally, servicemembers entitlements for housing and food haven’t kept up with inflation during the Trump presidency, with a couple years of 0% increases. But it is important to remember this is actually the fault of Congress, Trump just hasn’t done anything about it, while actively claiming the military has never been paid better. BAH since 2015 BAS since 2013
  • Trump tried to slash disability and unemployment benefits for veterans and eliminate the unemployability extrascheduler rating. This was removed from the budget proposal. December, 2018. Snopes
  • Trump urged Florida to not count absentee votes, which would include votes cast by resident servicemembers stationed outside of Florida. November, 2018 Huffpost
  • While in Europe commemorating the end of WWI, Trump decided not to attend the ceremony at a military cemetery due to the rain -* other world leaders went anyway. November, 2018. The Hill
  • Trump activated a National Guard deployment to the southern border a few days before Thanksgiving to prevent an alleged caravan f immigrants from entering. The deployment is still active two years later, meaning the National Guard is still maintaining a presence there. November, 2018. Task and Purpose
  • The Trump administration failed to plan the shift in benefits when the Forever GI Act was implemented, causing the VA to miss veteran benefits payments, including housing allowances. The bill was signed into law in August, 2017, and the VA was still struggling with adminstrative issues over a year later. November, 2018. NBC News
  • The rejection rate for veterans requesting family deportation protections doubled under the Trump administration. July, 2018 Newsweek
  • The Trump adminstration has rolled back the MAVNI program, which allows immigrants to enlist in exchange for citizenship. Reportedly, a number of active servicemembers were given uncharacterized discharges shortly after the program was suspended. Reported July, 2018. The Independent
  • Trump sent commandos into an ambush in Niger due to a lack of intel, sent contractors to pick them up, resulting in a commando being left behind, tortured, and executed. Trump reportedly approved the mission because Bannon told him Obama didn’t have the guts to do it. October, 2017. DoD Investigation Reuters Timeline
  • Trump told a room full of Generals, “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.” July, 2017. Military Times
  • Trump blocked a veteran group on Twitter. June, 2017. The Hill
  • Trump claims he knows more about ISIS than American generals. October, 2016. CBS News
  • Trump said veterans get PTSD because they aren’t strong. October, 2016. Snopes
  • Trump accepted a Purple Heart from a fan at one of his rallies and said: “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” August, 2016. Politico
  • Trump mistreats Gold Star families (families of a servicemember killed while serving): Myeshia Johnson (gold star widow), Khan family (gold star parents). 2016. The Independent, Myeshia Johnson NPR, Kahn Family
  • Trump sent funds raised from a veterans benefit to the Donald J. Trump Foundation instead of veterans charities. The foundation has since been disbanded as a result of fraud. 2016. NPR
  • Trump said he has “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military” because he went to a military-style academy. 2015. Politico
  • Trump said he doesn’t consider POWs heroes because they were caught. He said he prefers people who were not caught. July, 2015. Politico
  • Trump said having unprotected sex was his own personal Vietnam. 1998. Video of Howard Stern interview
  • For a decade, Trump sought to kick veterans off of Fifth Avenue because he found them unsightly nuisances outside of Trump Tower. 1991. Daily Beast
  • Trump dodged the draft 5 times by having a doctor diagnose him with bone spurs Snopes
  • No Trump in America has ever served in the military; this spans 5 generations, and every branch of the family tree. In fact, the reason his grandfather immigrated to America was to avoid military service. The Guardian

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  • accused 3,000 military families for election fraud of voting after being deployed
  • removed POW/MIA flag from White House
  • says Americans who died in war are “losers” and “suckers”
  • “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers” he said about a U.S. military cemetery
  • called McCain “a fucking loser” when asked to lower flags to half staff
  • called Pres. George H.W. Bush a loser for being shot down during WWII
  • “That guy is smart. Why did he join the military?” Trump said of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • asked his staff to not include wounded veterans because amputees make him uncomfortable
  • “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?” Trump said to Gen. John Kelly about dead veterans, while visiting Kelly’s son’s grave at Arlington
  • Trump knew since Mar 2020 that Russia paid bounties to kill American troops. On July 29 Trump defended Russia arming the Taliban against the US saying the US once did the same thing
  • May '20 ended National Guard deployments one day before they could claim benefits
  • Trump admin seized 5mil masks intended for VA hospitals. Kushner distributes these masks to private entities for a fee, who then sells the masks to the government
  • Trump fired the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after he warned superiors that COVID19 was spreading among his crew
  • After Iran’s strike, 109 US troops suffered brain injuries. Trump dismissed these as “headaches”
  • On 7/20/2017 in room 2E924 of the Pentagon, Trump told a room full of Generals, “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies”
  • Said 26,000 military sexual assaults were to be ‘expected’ bc America lets women serve
  • Invited the Taliban to Camp David on the anniversary of 9/11
  • Claimed that his military budget made up for his lack of military experience
  • Said if a Humvee was hit by an IED, soldiers “go for a little ride upward & they come down.”
  • Pardoned multiple war criminals which betrayed the men of the 1st Platoon who helped convict him for violating long standing military values, discipline, and command (May&Nov 2019)
  • mocked Lt. Col. Vindman for his rank and uniform. He threatened said purple heart officer resulting in the Army providing him protection. The Admin sent opposition research to the Pentagon to derail his promotion
  • Trump’s Chief of Staff worked—in secret—to deny comprehensive health coverage to Vietnam Vets who suffered from Agent Orange
  • There is a facility in Tijuana for US veterans that Trump deported
  • Russia took control of the main U.S. military facility in Syria abandoned on Trump’s orders. Russia now owns the airstrip we built
  • 0/7/19, Trump abruptly withdrew from Syria after a phone call with Turkey’s president (Erdogan). Turkey subsequently bombed US Special Forces
  • sent thousands of American troops to defend the oil assets of the country that perpetrated 9/11
  • Sept 2019, he made an Air Force cargo crew stop in Scotland (where there’s no U.S. base) to refuel at a commercial airport (where it costs more), so they could stay overnight at a Trump property (which isn’t close to the airport). Trump’s golf courses are losing money so he’s forcing the military to pay for 5-star nights there.
  • Sept 2019, Pentagon pulled funds for military schools, military housing funds, and daycare to pay for Trump’s border wall
  • Aug, 2019, emails revealed that 3 of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pals, running the VA, are rampant with meddling. None of them served in the military, have experience in the VA, nor underwent any approval process. Yet they directed operations without any oversight
  • Vet graves will be “dug up” for the border wall, after Trump instructed aides to seize private property. Trump told officials he would pardon them if they illegally seizing property
  • Children of deployed US troops no longer guaranteed citizenship (August 28, 2019)
  • 8/2/19 Trump requisitioned military retirement funds for the border wall
  • 7/31/19 Trump ordered the Navy rescind medals to prosecutors who prosecuted war criminals
  • denied a U.S. Marine of 6 years entry into the United States for his citizenship interview (Reported 7/17/19)
  • made the U.S. Navy Blue Angels violate ethics rules by having them fly at his July 4th political campaign event (July 4, 2019)
  • demanded US military chiefs stand next to him at 4th of July parade (reported July 2, 2019)
  • In June 2019, Trump sent troops to the border to paint the fence for a better “aesthetic appearance”
  • used his D-Day interview at a cemetery commemorating fallen US soldiers to attack a Vietnam veteran (6/6/19)
  • started his D-Day commemoration speech by attacking a private citizen (Bette Midlere) (2019)
  • made his 2nd wife, Marla Maples, sign a prenup that would have cut off all child support if Tiffany joined the military (reported June 4th, 2019)
  • 5/27/2019 Trump turned away US military from his Memorial Day speech bc they were from the destroyer USS John S. McCain
  • ordered the USS John McCain out of sight during his visit to Japan (May 15, 2019). The ship’s name was subsequently covered. (5/27/2019)
  • purged 200,000 vets’ healthcare applications (reported 5/13/19)
  • deported a spouse of fallen Army soldier killed in Afghanistan, leaving their daughter parentless (April 16, 2019)
  • 3/20/19 Trump complained that a deceased war hero didn’t thank him for his funeral
  • Between 12/22/2018, and 1/25/2019 Trump refused to sign his party’s funding bill, which shut down the government, which made USCG service members rely on food pantries. However, his appointees got a $10k pay raise
  • banned troops from serving based on gender identity (1/22/2019)
  • denied female troops access to birth control to limit sexual activity (on-going. Published 1/18/19)
  • tried to deport a marine vet who is a U.S.-born citizen (1/16/2019)
  • When a man was caught swindling veterans pensions for high-interest “cash advances," Trump’s CFPB let him go for $1 (1/26/19)
  • called a retired general a ‘dog’ with a ‘big, dumb mouth’ (1/1/19)
  • increased privatization of the VA, leading to longer waits and higher taxpayer cost (2018)
  • finally visited troops 2 years after taking office, but only after 154 vacation days at his properties (10/26/18)
  • revealed a covert Seal Team 5 deployment, including names and faces, on Twitter during his visit to Iraq (Dec 26, 2018)
  • lied to deployed troops that he gave them a 10% raise (12/26/2018). Tried giving a raise that was lower than the standard living adjustment. Congress told him that wasn’t going to work. After giving them the raise that Congress made him, he lied about it pretending that it was larger than Obama’s. It wasn’t
  • fired service members living with HIV just before the 2018 holidays
  • tried to slash disability and unemployment benefits for Veterans to $0 and eliminate the unemployability extrascheduler rating (12/17/2018)
  • called troops on Thanksgiving and told them he’s most thankful for himself (Thanksgiving, 2018)
  • urged Florida to not count deployed military votes (11/12/2018)
  • canceled an Arlington Cemetery visit on Veterans Day due to light rain (11/12/2018)
  • While in Europe commemorating the end of WWI, he didn’t attend the ceremony at a US cemetery due to the rain. Other world leaders went anyway (11/10/2018)
  • sent troops on a phantom mission to the border and made them miss Thanksgiving with their families (Oct-Dec, 2018). He stopped using troops as a political prop after the election, but the troops remained in muddy camps on the border (11/7/2018)
  • changed the GI Bill through his Forever GI Act causing the VA to miss benefits, including housing allowances. This caused many vets to run out of food and rent. (reported 10/7/18)
  • doubled the rejection rate for veterans requesting family deportation protections (7/5/2018)
  • deported active-duty spouses (11,800 military families face this problem as of April 2018)
  • forgot a fallen soldier’s name (below) during a call to his pregnant widow, then attacked her the next day (Oct 23-24, 2017)
  • “They knew what they signed up for.” re: dead troops (10/18/17)
  • sent commandos into an ambush w/ lack of intel, and sent contractors to pick them up, resulting in a commando being left behind, tortured, and executed. He approved the mission bc Bannon told him Obama didn’t have the guts to do it. 10/4/17
  • Doesn’t stand during retreat bugle, continues to talk. “What a nice sound that is. Are they playing that for you [Sean Hannity] or me?” 10/11/17
  • blocked a veteran group on Twitter (June 2017)
  • ordered the discharge of active-duty immigrant troops with good records (2017-present)
  • deported veterans (2017-present)
  • said he knows more about ISIS than American generals (Oct 2016)
  • 10/4/16 Trump said vets get PTSD because they aren’t strong
  • Trump accepted a Purple Heart from a fan at one of his rallies and said: “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” (Aug 2, 2016)
  • Trump attacks Gold Star families: Myeshia Johnson (gold star widow), Khan family (gold star parents) etc. (2016-present)
  • In Jan 2016, Trump sent funds raised from a veterans benefit to the Donald J Trump Foundation (the foundation was subsequently ordered shut down)
  • said he has “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military” because he went to a military-style academy (2015 biography)
  • said he doesn’t consider POWs heroes because they were caught. He said he prefers people who weren’t caught (July 18, 2015)
  • Trump said having unprotected sex was his own personal Vietnam (1998)
  • For a decade, Trump sought to kick veterans off of Fifth Avenue because he found them unsightly nuisances. 1991
  • Trump dodged the draft 5 times by having a doctor diagnose him with bone spurs.
  • No Trump in America has ever served in the military; this spans 5 generations and every branch of the family tree. In fact, the reason his grandfather immigrated to America was to avoid military servic