Trump would rather push a bunch of right-wing books than honor service members who died in Afghanistan.
On November 28, the Department of Defense announced the deaths of Andrew Patrick Ross, Michael Emond, and Dylan Elchin. Ross and Emond were in the Army, while Elchin was in the Air Force.
All three men were killed in Andar, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device (IED).
But that day, Trump ignored the deaths of the men, choosing instead to promote books by his biggest admirers and attack the investigation into Russian election interference on his Twitter feed.
Trump hailed discredited economic pundits Stephen More and Arthur Laffer for their book “Trumponomics.” Trump also promoted unhinged NRA host Dan Bongino and his new book “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump,” which pushes the idea that there is a “deep state” conspiracy against Trump.
Trump also took time to reiterate his support for books from Fox News hosts Gregg Jarrett and Jeanine Pirro that whitewash Trump’s unpopular and corrupt presidency.
While ignoring the military deaths, Trump also alleged, without a shred of evidence, that “the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts” and complained, “This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!”
Trump also whined about the “illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt.”
With close to a week passing since the men’s deaths, Trump launched a multi-Tweet tirade, attacking his former personal attorney Cohen for testifying about him and praising political dirty trickster Roger Stone for his promise to never testify against Trump.
Trump also managed to defend himself as being involved “lightly” in Russian real estate deals (a reversal from his earlier claim that he didn’t do business in Russia) when it emerged that Cohen revealed some of Trump’s secrets to prosecutors.
But Trump never commented on the deaths with his millions of followers on Twitter.
During an interview with the Washington Post, reporters asked him why Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan 17 years after 9/11 and to react to the deaths.
He cited “experts” who supposedly told him “if we don’t go there, they’re going to be fighting over here.”
On the murdered troops, Trump merely noted, “It’s very sad. I just heard about the three people this morning. Terrible.”
Trump views his Twitter account as a way of emphasizing what he believes is important and worthy of discussion. This week that meant promoting his friends’ books and fuming about the ongoing investigation of his campaign and a foreign power.
What it didn’t mean was honoring the wartime deaths of those in the military.
Published with permission of The American Independent.