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Trump: Excuse me, Hillary Clinton fan.

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Trump: Would it have been nicer if we got Osama Bin Laden canada goose a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it been nice? Living think of this, living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan and what I guess in what they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer.

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Wallace: You’re not even going to give them credit for taking down Bin Laden?

McRaven released a statement noting that in fact he did not support Hillary Clinton in 2016, and expressing his admiration for Presidents Barack canada goose store Obama and George W. Bush, both of whom he served under. But in Trump’s eyes, the fact that McRaven has criticized him means the admiral is an enemy, and must be attacked on every front. It’s not within the president’s DNA to say “I respect his service, but he’s wrong about this.” If you criticize Trump, you can never have done anything right.

canada goose It’s for this reason that Trump said about Sen. John McCain, “I like people who weren’t captured.” A normal person can acknowledge McCain’s heroic suffering as a prisoner of war in Vietnam while still disagreeing with him about most things or even criticizing him vigorously (I certainly did). But not Trump. He has to go after the thing that earned his critic respect in the first place. canada goose

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canada goose coats on sale To be clear, you can argue that the boundaries canada goose clearance sale of that norm are sometimes drawn too broadly, as a way of exempting veterans in political life from criticism. For instance, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders once responded to a question concerning false claims that Chief of Staff John F. Kelly had made by saying, “I think that if you want to get canada goose black friday sale into a debate with canadian goose jacket a four star Marine general, I think that that’s something highly inappropriate,” which is, of course, ludicrous. canada goose coats on sale

Canada Goose Jackets But there is a simple rule anyone can follow: While it is perfectly fine to disagree with anyone, denigrating a veteran’s military service itselfis probably out of bounds. Canada Goose Jackets

canada goose factory sale It is possible that Trump chafes at the idea that retired admirals or generals are accorded a special status when criticizing him, receiving attention for their opinions that others might not enjoy. Canada Goose Parka You might even be able to contend that McRaven’s views about press freedom are no more inherently valuable than anyone else’s. But Trump can’t seem to stop himself from taking it that one step further, not just to say “he’s wrong,” but to attack the thing McRaven is best known for in his military career. (As has been pointed out, the special forces that McRaven commanded weren’t charged with finding Bin Laden; that was an intelligence matter. The special forces went in and got bin Laden once he was located.) canada goose factory sale

This helps explain why Trump’s other actions toward the military have shown none of the special concern he claims to have, and which all presidents have shown. Ahead of the midterm elections, he deployed thousands of troops to the southern border to heighten tension over the phantom threat of a caravan of migrants; those troops are still there, cooling their heels and missing Thanksgiving with their families. He orders an idiotic military parade (which was thankfully canceled), wasting their time and money, for no purpose other than his own aggrandizement. He hasn’t visited any of the deployed troops in war zones anywhere in the world, and when asked why not,he answers that he opposed the war in Iraq.

canada goose store The proper response to that excuse is of course, “Who the hell cares?” It’s not as though the men canada goose coats on sale and women who are there had any say in the matter, and visiting them is a way of demonstrating that you honor their service. Barack Obama opposed the war but, as president, he canada goose clearance made multiple visits to the troops in Iraq and in Afghanistan, as well. canada goose store

Canada Goose sale But for Trump, it’s all personal. He regularly refers to “my military” and “my generals” as though they belong not to the country but to him personally. And if they displease him? Then they’re dead to him, and they go right in with all his other enemies as targets for personal destruction Canada Goose sale.

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