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News Tuesday, Aug 2 2016

"Great And Very Brave Soldier" Donald Trump Felt "A Little Guilty" For Not Serving In Vietnam

Aug 02, 2016

As Donald Trump heads to Virginia today, home of Khizr and Ghazala Khan and many other military families, a celebration of Trump’s martial bravery is in order.

In the 1990’s Donald Trump felt like “a great and very brave soldier” for taking on New York’s dating scene; a scene he described as “like being in Vietnam”. Trump did feel a “little guilty” for not serving due to his “foot thing”, but apparently his guilt is not strong enough to keep him from insulting the Khans, and by extension every family of service members who did serve and paid the ultimate price.

Trump Said He Felt “A Little Guilty” For Not Serving In Vietnam Because Of His “Foot Thing.”  “I love the country. I’ve seen what it can do.  I didn’t serve. I haven’t served. And frankly I had deferments because of college, like a lot of people did – numerous deferments because of college and I had a foot thing and I got a deferment for that.  At some point I probably would have — I was also in the draft and I got a very high number.  I think it was 356.  Can you believe that?  We’re in the middle of the Vietnam War and I had a very, very high draft number, almost at the end.  In fact, I got in about four numbers late and they kept calling numbers, numbers, numbers.  I said ‘Oh, I guarantee my number must have been one of those early numbers.’  But it turned out – that was one of the, look, that was a rough war.  […]  So what happened is I always felt a little guilty and I was always, like other people, frankly, that didn’t serve – because I had people that did serve and I have friends who served and they’re very proud of it.”  [Donald Trump, Rally, Waterville Valley, NH, 12/1/15]

Trump Said Because Of STDs Dating Was “My Personal Vietnam.  I Feel Like A Great And Very Brave Soldier.”  “I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there — it’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider.”  [Howard Stern, 1997]

Trump:  “Dating Is Like Being In Vietnam.  You’re The Equivalent Of A Soldier Going Over To Vietnam.” Donald Trump:  It’s pretty dangerous out there Robin. It’s like Vietnam.  Howard Stern:  It is, it is.  The dating scene is like Vietnam.  Trump:  Dating is like being in Vietnam.  You’re the equivalent of a soldier going over to Vietnam.” [Howard Stern, 1993]

Trump On Why He Didn’t Serve In Vietnam:  “I Was Going To College, I Had Student Deferments. I Also Got A Great Lottery Number.”  [Imus In the Morning, 5/11/16]

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Published: Aug 2, 2016

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