If Trump’s claim that he helped build the Vietnam War Memorial seemed just a teensy bit suspect to you, you were right on the money. For quite some time, the billionaire has been spouting off the claim — partially because he was on the board that was behind it, partially because if his ego is not fed regularly a laser will fire skyward from his eyes and summon the mighty Cthulhu to wreak havoc on the Earth. But how true is it? For that, we need only look to a 1984 profile of the 2016 GOP nominee.
According to the Washington Post article, Trump’s presence on the Board was just for show. According to multiple people involved, he showed up to two meetings out of about 20– the very first, and another when he brought a reporter along to profile him. In other words, he just wanted to be able to say he was involved. Just like his fundraising scheme, Trump used veterans for publicity without giving two flying f*cks about them:
One official of the Vietnam commission, who has attended all the meetings, maintains Trump has been to only two or three out of 20 meetings. This was confirmed by another member of the commission. The first time he attended a meeting was to launch the commission, one source says, and the second was when he arrived with a reporter who was profiling him.
To this charge, Trump responds: “That’s interesting. I’ll resign then. They’re very small thinkers. They’re stockbrokers that were in Vietnam and they don’t have it.
Trump also claimed at the time that he alone could take down the Soviet Union with his super-awesome negotiating skills:
This morning, Trump has a new idea. He wants to talk about the threat of nuclear war. He wants to talk about how the United States should negotiate with the Soviets.
He wants to be the negotiator.
He says he has never acted on his nuclear concern. But he says that his good friend Roy Cohn, the flamboyant Republican lawyer, has told him this interview is a perfect time to start.
“Some people have an ability to negotiate,” he says. “It’s an art you’re basically born with. You either have it or you don’t.”
In fact, to take down the Soviet Union, all he would need to do is figure out how
magnets missiles work:
It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles . . . I think I know most of it anyway. You’re talking about just getting updated on a situation.
In the same interview in which he pretended he has done something — anything — for veterans in his lifetime without profit potential, Mr. Trump claimed that he has sacrificed just as much as veterans have for America. Responding to Khizr Khan’s claim that Trump, unlike Khan’s son who died for our country, has made no sacrifices as he sits on his gold-plated throne in his gold-plated building smelling his gold-plated farts, Trump explained that his ability to make money s just like a patriot losing his life in battle:
I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard….I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
While Trump was performing the sacrificial act of making money, he also skipped out on the Vietnam War thanks to multiple shady medical deferments, being the patriot that he is.
Sorry, Donald, being an absentee member of the board responsible for the Vietnam War Memorial means nothing to the people who actually served our country.
Watch Trump’s ridiculous claim below:
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