Donald Trump says, “I love the vets.” His record shows otherwise.

Lying about donating to veterans’ charities is just the beginning.

Donald Trump says, “I love the vets.” His record shows otherwise.

Lying about donating to veterans’ charities is just the beginning.

Donald Trump has made his supposed support for veterans one of his signature issues in this election. But despite how much he boasts about his “love” for our veterans and the generosity he’s shown them, his record simply doesn’t live up to his rhetoric.

Consider this:

Trump lied about his donations to veterans’ charities.

In January, Donald Trump skipped a Republican debate—and got a lot of publicity for claiming he did it to raise money for veterans’ organizations. Trump said he had secured $6 million, including a $1 million pledge of his own, but the money didn’t materialize. And he only cut a check after months of dodging questions and hoping no one would follow up on his pledge.

Donald Trump says, “I love the vets.” His record shows otherwise.

As Kevin Drum at Mother Jones put it: “This is pathological sleaziness. It’s literally beyond belief. Do not let Trump distract you with his latest barrage of insults. Do not turn your attention to the latest polls. Do not let this be normalized away as ‘just another Trump thing.’ … If character is supposed to be important in our presidents, this is evidence of the most contemptible kind of character imaginable.”

Trump scammed veterans through Trump University.

Trump has personally made millions of dollars at the expense of students, including veterans, at Trump University (which is now the subject of a high-profile lawsuit alleging fraud). A retired Navy veteran shared his story with CNN: He paid $26,000 to enroll in a real estate program in 2008—but described the online course as useless. “We were ripped off,” he says.

Trump Institute, a get-rich-quick real-estate seminar, was a similar operation. A senior master sergeant in the Air Force reserves who worked for Trump Institute says he was unlawfully fired after being deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. “All of your absences,” he was told, forced the company to “reevaluate your position with the Trump Institute.”

Trump attempted to remove disabled veterans who were street vendors.

Trump Tower sits on Fifth Avenue in New York City—home to both high-end retail businesses and a bustling community of street vendors, many of whom are disabled veterans. For years, Trump led the charge to kick out veterans selling goods on his street.

Here’s what he told then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, asking him to “stop this very deplorable situation before it is too late”:

Donald Trump says, “I love the vets.” His record shows otherwise.

Trump supports privatizing the VA.

Veterans overwhelmingly oppose political efforts to privatize their health care and force the men and women who served our country into a private market that isn’t equipped to handle their unique health needs. But Trump’s chief policy adviser has said Trump is open to doing just that.

Trump is contemptuous of prisoners of war.

When Trump bashed Senator John McCain, who spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, as “not a war hero,” he insulted every prisoner of war:

Donald Trump says, “I love the vets.” His record shows otherwise.

He’s never apologized for his comments. And just a few weeks ago, when asked if he regrets slamming prisoners of war, Trump bragged that it had only made his poll numbers go up.

Trump apparently opposes the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

More than 700,000 veterans and their family members have pursued higher education through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

But Trump seems to think that sending veterans and their families to college hurts the economy.

Donald Trump says, “I love the vets.” His record shows otherwise.

Trump is demeaning toward veterans suffering from PTS.

Trump recently implied that veterans suffering from PTS are not “strong.”

“When you talk about mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat—and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it—but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump said.

If his record with veterans tells you anything, it’s this: Trump is not prepared to be Commander-in-Chief—or to honor our sacred obligation to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform.

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