President Donald Cadet Bone Spurs” Trump and his predecessor sent very different messages on Twitter in light of Memorial Day.
In typical fashion, Trump managed to make the day about himself.
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
Trump’s tweet did not go unnoticed by veterans. VoteVets, an organization representing about half a million veterans and their families, deemed the president’s tweet the most inappropriate #MemorialDay comment that a @POTUS has ever made”:
This is the most inappropriate #MemorialDay comment that a @POTUS has ever made. Self-promotion on a day to remember the fallen, and wishing those remembering their deceased loved ones a happy” holiday is appalling. #CadetBoneSpurs pic.twitter.com/kRse4dnwiu
VoteVets (@votevets) May 28, 2018
Obama, meanwhile, expressed his gratitude for our fallen heroes.”
We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes. But we can remember them, honor their sacrifice, and affirm in our own lives those enduring ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity for which generations of Americans have given that last full measure of devotion. pic.twitter.com/pRxwmaMClL
Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 28, 2018
Even while in office, Obama affirmed who the day is about. He tweeted in 2016:
Trump, who was campaigning for the presidency at the time, wrote:
Have a great Memorial Day and remember that we will soon MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2016
Trump’s tone-deaf tweets come as no surprise from a man who dodged the draft multiple times and once said he’d always wanted a Purple Heart.
Trump Tweets About Democrats Not Caring About the Military Provoke Devastating Response from Combat Veteran Sen. Duckworth
“I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five deferment draft-dodger,” said Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who lost both her legs while serving as an air assault helicopter pilot in Iraq.
Twitter did not take kindly to the president’s self-centeredness.
How dare you! I assure you, my family is not proud of you and MY lost family member did not serve his country for you to disrespect our nation, our citizens, or our service members families. We lost him 2 yrs ago in three days. Trump, Memorial Day is NOT ABOUT YOU. pic.twitter.com/j0z3HsN1QC
C | H (@ThreeGreen83) May 29, 2018
As a Veteran, I am ashamed of you and your behavior. You are no good for this country, you are no good for business.
Justin (@J_M_Woods) May 29, 2018
No thanks to draft Dodgers like you.
George Alexander (@Abq01) May 29, 2018