Democrats Go All Out With Fake News Claiming Trump Called Dead Soldiers ‘Suckers’
We have all by now heard the outrage; Democrats are trying their best to attack Trump’s base, pro-American and pro-military citizens by claiming Trump called dead soldiers ‘losers and suckers.’ The problem with this claim, like many you hear, is it was made with anonymous sources, for some odd reason the sources gave is they did not want to come under heat, one wonders why this is?
The Atlantic, a far-left rabidly anti-Trump publisher, ran this story, not that it is much different then others they have run off of unnamed sources. Still, the left has run with this trying to push this to strip some support away from Trump, who has been gaining on Biden in alarming ways.
The article starts by claiming “President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true.”
There is one rather large problem with this claim, everyone that was there has flatly said what they claim is patently false; even Bolton, who no longer shares a liking for Trump, has come out and said such claims are false.
The White House responded by releasing this statement:
“Not a soul brave enough to put their name on any of these accusations. That’s because they are false,” White House spokesman Judd Deere tweeted on Thursday.
“Just another anonymously sourced story meant to tear down a Commander-in-Chief who loves our military and has delivered on the promises he’s made. What a disgrace!”
The Atlantic’s article, written by editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, cites four unnamed sources in saying that Trump claimed the Aisne-Marne American cemetery near Paris was “filled with losers.” Trump had canceled a visit to the cemetery in 2018, prompting widespread criticism in the media at the time. The president claimed his helicopter couldn’t fly in the rain and that the Secret Service would drive him there — claims that Goldberg says are false.
White House Communications Director Alyssa Farrah called the report “offensive & patently false,” highlighting a number measures the president took in support of the military.
“On that Atlantic piece: It’s offensive & patently false. @realDonaldTrump holds the military in the highest regard. He’s demonstrated his commitment to the force: delivering a pay raise to our troops, increasing military $$, signing vets reform & supporting military spouses,” Farrah tweeted.
She added: “I’ve watched @realDonaldTrump solemnly sign letters to the families of fallen heroes. He’s honored their memories by doing more than any modern president to get us OUT of endless wars.”
Goldberg didn’t reply to criticisms via Twitter. In a statement provided to Fox News, Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of The Atlantic, said: “We stand by our reporting.”
What was more damning to the story is the people that were actually there with Trump, they have come back and said what is claimed never happened, this is a gross example of “Fake News”:
Mick Mulvaney, Former Acting White House Chief of Staff: “These claims are simply outrageous. I never heard the President disparage our war dead or wounded. In fact, the exact opposite is true. I was with him at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy. As we flew over the beaches by helicopter he was outwardly in awe of the accomplishments of the Allied Forces, and the sacrifices they paid.”
- Mulvaney: “As you all can probably imagine, I have seen more than my share of outrageous (and false) attacks on the President over the last few years. But this whole injured soldiers thing really, really pushes the envelope. So, just to be clear:” (Twitter, 9/4/20)
- Mulvaney: “I never heard the President disparage our war dead or wounded. In fact, the exact opposite is true. I was with him at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy….” (Twitter, 9/4/20)
- Mulvaney: “As we flew over the beaches by helicopter he was outwardly in awe of the accomplishments of the Allied Forces, and the sacrifices they paid.” (Twitter, 9/4/20)
Stephen Miller, White House Senior Advisor, And Tony Ornato, Then-Secret Service Special Agent In Charge Of The Presidential Protective Division, Have Denied The Atlantic Article. (Twitter, 9/3/20)
Derek Lyons, Staff Secretary and Counselor to the President, And Dan Walsh, Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Have Denied The Atlantic Article. (Twitter, 9/4/20)
Lt. General Keith Kellogg (Ret.), National Security Adviser for Vice President Pence: “The Atlantic story is completely false. Absolutely lacks merit. I’ve been by the President’s side. He has always shown the highest respect to our active duty troops and veterans with utmost respect paid to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those wounded in battle.” (Twitter, 9/3/20)
Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff: “In the time that I’ve known @realDonaldTrump, both as a member of Congress and most recently serving as his Chief of Staff, I’ve seen publicly and privately how he treats our men and women in uniform. I’ve personally accompanied him to Walter Reed and veterans events of all…kinds, where he directly interacts with service members and their families, with and without cameras present. I’ve seen firsthand the level of respect and admiration he has for those who have stepped up to serve our country. The anonymous allegations… ..contained in the Atlantic story are offensive, false, and utterly devoid of merit. To veterans all over the country reading this nonsense: President Trump loves you, appreciates you, and will ALWAYS be there for you. No false political hit job will EVER change that.” (Twitter, 9/3/20)
Alyssa Farah, White House Communications Director: “On that Atlantic piece: It’s offensive & patently false. @realDonaldTrump holds the military in the highest regard. He’s demonstrated his commitment to the force: delivering a pay raise to our troops, increasing military $$, signing vets reform & supporting military spouses. I’ve watched @realDonaldTrump solemnly sign letters to the families of fallen heroes. He’s honored their memories by doing more than any modern president to get us OUT of endless wars.” (Twitter, 9/3/20)
Kayleigh McEnany, Press Secretary for President Trump: “I see President @realDonaldTrump consistently express his heartfelt gratitude and absolute admiration for our brave men and women in uniform. Just yesterday, he was truly humbled to be in the presence of our courageous World War II veterans. This Atlantic story is garbage!” (Twitter, 9/3/20)
Judd Deere, Deputy Press Secretary for President Trump: “Not a soul brave enough to put their name on any of these accusations. That’s because they are false. Just another anonymously sourced story meant to tear down a Commander-in-Chief who loves our military and has delivered on the promises he’s made. What a disgrace!” (Twitter, 9/3/20)
A record of fake news
None of this is new for The Atlantic, they have a long history of putting out hit pieces on Trump and reporting on fake news.
It should be of note that this is where former national security adviser Ben Rhodes once bragged that he often turned to their editor (and author of this article) Goldberg to push Obama administration talking points that would not be questioned or scrutinized.
The alleged core comment, attributed to unnamed sources, has been denied by a host of officials who were with Trump in France at that time, including figures such as former national security adviser John Bolton. The article also states that Trump did not visit the cemetery in part over his concern that the rainy day would mess up his hair. Still, White House documents show that, as stated at the time, the military notified his staff that the presidential helicopter should be grounded. Bolton has confirmed the weather was the reason and noted that if this story were true, he would have made it a chapter in his anti-Trump book. Trump might not have wanted to go, but the reason was a bad helicopter day, not a bad hair day.
Remember, this is the same news site that ran with the Covington School story, accused Trump of disrespecting General Kelly’s son, something he denied. Remember, this is the same John Kelly who came to Trump’s defense when the Atlantic and other liberal mouthpieces were attacking Trump for daring to call families of military members who had been killed in action.
We can expect more of this as the leftist press goes on an all-out assault against Trump, no longer are they even pretending to be News organizations, they are political hacks, hacks who have one goal on their mind, destroy President Trump by any means, even if it means the destruction of any credibility they have left.