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You're No Patriot; Veteran Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton Hits Back on Trump over "Losers" and "Suckers"

American veterans are hitting back Trump after he reportedly dismissed U.S. troops killed in action as “losers” and “suckers.”

One retired Army officer is calling him out publicly over the comments.

“You’re no patriot,” retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton said in a video posted online. 

His voice rising with emotion, Eaton held up the war-tattered dog tag of his father, Col. Norman Dale Eaton, who was killed in action during Vietnam in 1969. 

Trump had a wonderful reason to canceling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in a World War I graveyard in Belleau, France in 2018, “the helicopter couldn’t fly in rain” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there.

 Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed.

The push back of Eaton, an adviser to the progressive group VoteVets, is his anger from vain over the disrespectful mind of Trump on a number of issues related to the military, including Trump’s treatment of the troops.   

“This dog tag was recovered at the crash site,” he said. “My father was a patriot.” 

Then, Eaton delivered a powerful defense of his father and others who’ve served in the armed forces, especially those who were killed in the line of duty. 

“So, Mr. Trump, come 3 November, we’re all voting for a real patriot: Joe Biden,” Eaton said, then urged others to do the same. “Our country’s honor depends on it.”

Trump has been, for the duration of his presidency, fixated on staging military parades, but only of a certain sort. In a 2018 White House planning meeting for such an event, Trump asked his staff not to include wounded veterans, on grounds that spectators would feel uncomfortable in the presence of amputees. “Nobody wants to see that,” he said.

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