Every year, on Nov. 11, Americans honor people who’ve served in the military with a national holiday.
Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, typically involves parades and public displays of patriotism. With the United States breaking daily records for new coronavirus infections and hospitals increasingly overwhelmed with patients infected with the deadly disease, this year Americans are largely relegated to celebrating on the internet.
And online, the holiday is making many people recall the time the president was accused of referring to military servicemembers as “losers” and “suckers.”
In September, the Atlantic reported that multiple sources had confirmed that President Donald Trump called veterans, specifically those killed in combat, “losers” and “suckers.” He reportedly also asked that wounded vets be kept out of military parades, saying of the injuries they received in service to their country, “Nobody wants to see that.” Trump categorically denied the reporting.
On this Veterans Day, as his lame-duck administration attempts to undermine the credibility of the election with unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, the internet remembers.
“Today is #VeteransDay and just a reminder that Trump called our military ‘suckers and losers,'” tweeted one. “We will never forget nor forgive.”
You call them losers and suckers and then they won’t vote for you? Weird. https://t.co/IkiUYpmJWb
— Jess Piper (@EnglishTeach07) November 11, 2020
For all these Republicans in Congress today who will send Veterans thank you messages:
1. They support a man who called us "suckers" & "losers".
2. They are blatantly stomping all over the US Constitution that we served to uphold.
— Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊 (@Goss30Goss) November 11, 2020
As a military veteran I do not want the draft-dodging, cowardly pathological liar who called our fallen military heroes “losers&suckers” anywhere near Arlington National Cemetery today or ANY DAY! It’s sacrilegious for trump to set foot on those sacred grounds.
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) November 11, 2020
Donald Trump: “HAPPY SUCKERS AND LOSERS DAY!”
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) November 11, 2020
As a Veteran I would like to say THANK YOU to every man women or who you identify as for your service and dedication to this country. You are why I am here everyday protesting Trump. We are not suckers or losers. He is not fit or qualified to lick the blood off our boots. pic.twitter.com/fadFa5uGiA
— REESUS PATRIOT™💙 (@ReesusP) November 11, 2020
Trump officials are calling military voters who are stationed in a different state who still vote at home frauds. This is not surprising because the President called them suckers and losers.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) November 11, 2020
Is Trump going to Arlington today to visit his "suckers and losers"?
— BeloitBadger 🌊#TrueBlue2020 (@MomWithAnS) November 11, 2020
What?! He lost the military vote?! That’s shocking! I mean it’s not like he called the brave women and men of our military suckers and losers or anything. 🥴 https://t.co/tbhCvLHleZ
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 11, 2020
Many Republican representatives’ Veterans Day messages were criticized because they support Trump.
Rejecting military ballots, lying about military wives vote, calling them losers and suckers, allowing Russia to put bounties on their heads, refusing to pass a stimulus bill for the people this is how you thanked them. Let's be honest your words are hollow. https://t.co/zP30CMg0pM
— Monica Fraker (@FrakerMonica) November 11, 2020
You can start by telling the guy who called us suckers and losers to concede.
— Josh Hester (@Josh_Hester) November 11, 2020
A few pointed out that Trump’s efforts to stop ballot counts could disenfranchise military personnel, many of whom vote by absentee ballot.
— Willie Garson 🇺🇸 (@WillieGarson) November 11, 2020
Others recalled Trump’s remarks about the late John McCain, who was a prisoner of war for five years during the Vietnam War. Trump called McCain a “loser” and denied that his service was heroic.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “…I like people who weren’t captured.”
“He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
— John Yorke (@yorkatron) November 11, 2020
Cindy McCain, John’s widow, has been named to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.
After tweeting multiple times about his election loss, at 10:07a.m, Trump recognized Veterans Day with a tweeted link to the White House proclamation about it. He did not comment on the link.
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