“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can’t handle it. They see horror stories, they see events you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it.”
In that quote, say Donald Trump’s legion of enemies, the Republican nominee insinuated that veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are somehow “weaker” than those who do not.
The New York Daily News said, “Some veterans are furious at draft-dodging Donald Trump for suggesting soldiers who develop post-traumatic stress disorder aren’t ‘strong’ and ‘can’t handle it,’ seeing it as the latest in a string of insults toward their military service.”
The Huffington Post characterized Trump’s remark as an “abhorrent comment about mental health.”
Vice President Joe Biden even got into the mix, asking angrily: “Where the hell is he from?”
But in a year where Trump has given the left plenty of easy ammunition through his not-so-careful attention to detail, this barrage of attacks feels unusually vapid. Like the frenzy over Trump’s “Second Amendment people” comments, liberals are purposefully choosing their own twisted interpretation and then treating that interpretation as fact.
Chad Robichaux, the veteran who asked Trump about PTSD issues in Herndon, Virginia, issued a statement defending the GOP nominee.
“I think it’s sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda,” Robichaux said. “I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have, and I believe he is committed to helping them.”
Could Trump have phrased his comments in a different way? Of course. But then, if Trump was a calculating politician who ran all his comments through a focus group, he wouldn’t be Trump. The fact remains that he has made veterans’ issues a major priority since announcing his campaign. Even if he does not win the election, he has made a significant contribution to this country merely by raising awareness. Through Trump’s voice, millions of Americans have been forced to face the disturbing truth about how we treat the men and women who bravely served our country.
Once again, the media wants to ignore the real issues – VA reform, veteran care, PTSD, and an epidemic of suicides – and instead focus on the insubstantial drama of Trump’s “gaffe.”
The Political Correctness Police won’t help the veterans who are suffering right now. And by drawing attention away from the gravity of the problem, the media is complicit in that suffering.
Twenty suicides a day, and we’re talking about syntax.
This is why our country is in trouble.