More Than 50 Veterans Denounce Trump For Disrespectfully Using Vets As Political Props


More than 50 veterans are denouncing Donald Trump for disrespecting the nation’s vets by using them as political props in his presidential campaign.

The veterans led by Former Senator Max Cleland said in a statement:

Donald Trump recently discovered a new love for America’s veterans, promising that a Trump administration will ‘treat them really, really well.’ Yet after a publicity stunt earlier this year when he ditched a GOP debate to hold an event on behalf of veterans, his campaign still hasn’t distributed more than half of the $6 million dollars it allegedly raised. They don’t even know where that money has gone. And worse, this is part of a long pattern of the real Donald J. Trump, who for over a decade tried to get disabled veterans, legally operating as street vendors, thrown off of Fifth Avenue in New York City. He said that these Americans, who were simply trying to earn a living in the country they gave so much to defend, were ‘clogging and seriously downgrading the area.’

And yet, even as Donald Trump denigrates our nation’s current veterans, he’s putting our future veterans at risk with a risky and incoherent foreign policy. Republican and Democratic national security professionals agree that a Trump administration would make America dangerously less safe while reducing its standing and influence in the world. His embrace of both military adventurism and isolationism, and his support of the use of torture will not only recklessly place our troops in harm’s way, but will dramatically increase the risk to our service members serving in operations overseas. Trump’s policies are detrimental to the young men and women who volunteer to serve this country, from the moment they join the armed services to the end of their career, civilian or military. He can’t be trusted, by our veterans or anyone else.

It’s time for Donald Trump to stop using vets as political props, donate the rest of the money he raised and build a real understanding of the needs and concerns of the men and women who have served America.

The statement was signed by:


Former Senator Max Cleland, Captain, U.S. Army, 1965-1968
Congressman Ruben Gallego, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 2000-2006
Congressman Seth Moulton, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, 2001-2008
State Senator Pat Spearman, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army, 1977-2007
State Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 2001-2005
State Representative Hank Naughton, U.S. Army Reserves
Seamus P. Ahern, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 2000-2006
Lee Beaulac, Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1966-1970
Patrick Bellon, Specialist, U.S. Army, 2002-2005
Charlie Brown, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, 1972-1998
William Bunch, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 1982-1988
Tahlia Burton, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 2008-2013
Laura Cabrera, Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Navy, 1998-2006
Robert Cain, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 2001-2007
Virgel Cain, Petty Officer 2nd Class, U.S. Navy, 1963-1968
Jason Cain, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, 2000-2010
Jane Campbell, Captain, U.S. Navy, 1990-2015
Kelsey Campbell, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 2002-2009
Matthew J. Cary, Specialist, U.S. Army Reserve, 1969-1975
Asha Castleberry, Captain, U.S. Army, 2005-2015
Margaret Cope, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, 1981-2011
Carlos Del Toro, Commander, U.S. Navy, 1979-2004
Greg Douquet, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, 1985-2015
Sean M. Easter, Sergeant, U.S. Army, 2002-2010
Thomas Fant, Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard, 1996-1998
Sonia Fernandez, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 1993-1996
Jonathan Freeman, Captain, U.S. Army, 2004-2008
Kristofer Goldsmith, Sergeant, U.S. Army, 2004-2007
Kia Thomas Hamel, Petty Officer 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, 1994-1998
Robert S. Hamer, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, 2011-2016
Gail Harris, Captain, U.S. Navy, 1973-2001
Kate Hoit, Specialist, U.S. Army Reserve, 2001-2009
Keith Howard-Streicher, Specialist, U.S. Army, 2008-2011
Andrew Janiszewski, Captain, U.S. Air Force, 2006-2014
Tony Johnson, Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, 1994-1997
Brian Adam Jones, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 2009-2013
Peter James Kiernan, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 2007-2013
Hansen Mak, Captain, U.S. Army, 1996-2008
Alexander McCoy, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 2008-2013
Justin McFarlin, Captain, U.S. Army, 2005-2010
Jillian McNerney, Captain, U.S. Air Force, 2004-2012
Michael McNerney, Captain, U.S. Air Force, 2002-2006
Sua Peni Mene, Sergeant Major U.S. Army, 1988-2015
Rob Miller, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, 1995-2008
Tom Mullens, Petty Officer 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, 1971-1977
George A. Pivik, Colonel, U.S. Army, 1993-2013
Lawrence Ramos, Petty Officer 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, 1943-1952
Anne Jordan Rawley, Captain, U.S. Navy, 1966-1994
Dmitriy Redka, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1997-2005
Scott Rutter, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army 1983-2003
Terron Simms II, Captain, U.S. Army, 2000-2005
Tommy Sowers, Major, U.S. Army, 1998-2009
Bobby J. Thornburg, Colonel, U.S. Army, 1968-2000
Adam Tiffen, U.S. Army, 2005-2008
Martin E. Torrey, Commander, U.S. Navy, 1972-1992
Shawn VanDiver, Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Navy, 2001-2013
Loren Voss, Captain, U.S. Air Force, 2008-2013
Patricia Webb, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, 1978-2011
Tony Woods, Captain, U.S. Army, 2003-2008

Donald Trump has never donated any of his personal fortune to help vets. One of Trump’s companies did fire a veteran for getting deployed to Afghanistan. Trump has never shown a shred of concern for vets, and his veterans fundraiser was a sham. The money that Trump raised didn’t go directly to vets. The cash went to Trump’s foundation.

Trump says he will support veterans well, but the proof is in the pudding. Donald Trump is great at talking the talk, but the presumptive Republican nominee has never walked the walk.