If you had any doubt that the American people elected the worst among them, look no further than the story, verified now by Fox News, of Trump referring to America’s World War I dead as suckers and losers. While the insults are obviously an attack on anyone who has worn a green uniform, the offense is actually directed to about 98% of us.
To recap, when President Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision. According to the story in The Atlantic, Trump actually 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.
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.
Trump’s comments at the time were specific to the soldiers who lay at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, but they apply to fallen soldiers of every war. It makes no difference if it was during a world war, in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq or elsewhere.
His disparaging suckers and losers remarks are not that surprising when you realize that Trump is incapable of understanding non-transactional life choices. The idea that someone would give their life for a cause greater than themselves is something the president will never understand.
According to sources with knowledge of another cemetery visit, Trump, while standing next to Robert Kelly’s grave, turned to his father John Kelly, Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff and said “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?”
Trump has never done anything, even with his own father, without getting something in return. Everything is transactional. When he calls fallen troops suckers and losers, he isn’t using those words because they died per se, he’s referring to them signing up for the military in the first place. Never mind the fact that many of them had no choice.
That leads me to the main point here. As a man, and I use the term man loosely, during the Vietnam War, Trump had five military draft deferments. Four for college and one for bone spurs in his heals. His rich and privileged ass kept him out of the war. He wasn’t going to be another sucker or loser sent to die for country.
His comments come from a place of privilege, where if you can’t buy or cheat your way out of something, you’re essentially that sucker and loser he talks about. It’s really as simple as that. If you can’t buy, steal, or cheat your way to success, you’re beneath him.
Trump’s racism is well documented, he uses it for political gain like humans breath oxygen. but the bubble of wealth and privilege he grew up in has made his real prejudices the poor and middle class.
If you are neither successful, nor wealthy or do anything for him personally, you aren’t shit to him. It’s plain to see in the way he governs national emergencies and speaks about the military. Unless you’re in the Trump Army, it doesn’t matter if you’re a fallen soldier lying in Aisne-Marne or a poor new recruit on the way to basic training to make a better living, you’ll always be among the suckers and losers in President Trump’s eyes.