Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’


The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg details what we already knew: Trump is not a patriot; he’s a narcissist who not only doesn’t understand service to the country, actively denigrates it.

(Note: Today’s Around the Block was going to be devoted to Attorney General William Barr’s outrageous interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. You know, the one in which the chief law enforcement officer of the United States would not say that voting twice is illegal. But Barr’s boot-licking is old news.)

Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic magazine, published a stunning, but unsurprising article about President Donald John Trump’s views of patriotism, military service and those who, unlike him, served our country: they’re “losers” and “suckers.” In supporting this astonishing point of view from the sitting president of the United States, Goldberg quotes Trump’s former White House chief of staff, four-star Marine general John Kelly, “(Trump) can’t fathom the idea of doing something for someone other than himself.”

Goldberg’s article:

But here’s the rub: except for some quotes from Kelly and former defense secretary and retired four-star Marine general, Jim Mattis, almost all the allegations were from “sources with direct knowledge” or “according to eyewitnesses” or “with firsthand knowledge of Trump’s views.”

Needless to say, unattributed sources provide fodder for Trump’s twitter feed.

And in his campaign appearances:

“What animal would say such a thing? And especially since I’ve done more, I think more than almost anybody, to help our military to get the budgets, to get the pay raises for our military. So I just think it’s a horrible thing that they are allowed to write that. We can refute it. We have other people that will refute it. It is a disgraceful situation by a magazine that is a terrible magazine. I don’t read it. I just heard about it, but they made it up. Probably it’s a couple of people that have been failures in the administration.”

So here’s the ask: It’s about time that the “knowledgable sources” or sources with “first hand knowledge” or “eyewitnesses” come forward, reveal themselves and say, “here’s who I am, here’s the whole story, here’s what I saw or heard, here’s what I must share publicly.”

I would ask these people, in the national interest, to abide by three-star Army general and former Trump National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s admonition – “If you see something, say something.” And by following General McMaster’s advice, help remove this cancer on the presidency. It’s the patriotic thing to do.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

6 thoughts on “Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

  1. And I’m sure you’ve heard today that Donald Trump told his son Junior that if he enlisted in the military he would be disinherited

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    1. I did. Trump senior’s comment is in character, but it is really hard to believe Junior wanted to enlist. Call me cynical, but my guess is that it was a ploy to get a little more money from his father. Jr. is despicable but crafty while Eric, according to Donald’s older sister is the “moron.” He probably would have made the threat to enlist without achieving a “quid pro quo.” Oops, there I go again!


  2. Do you think this time will be different? Will those people who still support him finally be disgusted? They weren’t turned off when he disparaged John McCain. Did they object when Trump took money from the Defense budget earmarked to fix service members house that are filled with vermin and asbestos for his “WALL?” We could go on and on. I have given up on those brain dead deplorables.


    1. The only way this can possibly be different is if the sources come forward and credibly make their case. It is the honorable and patriotic thing to do. If they remain anonymous, he and his toadies will deny and lie and deny some more.


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