GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump has once again made a complete ass of himself after he recently stated that Senator John McCain “isn’t a real war hero.”
Everyone – including his fellow Republicans – has jumped onto the Trump-bashing bandwagon since those disrespectful remarks, and it likely won’t stop anytime soon as information about how Trump dodged the Vietnam draft surfaces.
As reported by The Smoking Gun, it’s been discovered that Trump had a total of five deferments – four student and one medical – that helped him avoid serving in the military. Following Trump’s disgraceful McCain comments, Trump has been hounded by reporters inquiring about why he dodged the Vietnam draft, and he has simply answered that his draft number was high enough that he was never called to serve. Trump said:
“I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number. I’ll never forget, that was an amazing period of time in my life. I was going to the Wharton School of Finance, and I was watching as they did the draft numbers and I got a very, very high number and those numbers never got up to.”
But Selective Service records tell a different story. According to those records, Trump had received four student deferments that prevented him from serving when he was in college. Months after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he received another – a medical deferment for a “bone spur” in one of his feet – although Trump has conveniently forgotten which foot. The medical deferment is ridiculous, considering that Trump was an outstanding athlete and was even inducted into its Hall of Fame. Just two years before the medical deferment, Trump was being scouted by the Red Sox.
When Trump talks about not serving, he repeatedly fails to mention that he, being the son of a multimillionaire real estate mogul, actually sought out ways that would prevent him from qualifying.
In looking at Trump’s Selective Classification record, the Republican candidate’s methods for evading the Vietnam draft are clear. As recorded, Trump’s first student deferments were in June 1964 and December 1965. This classified him as 2-S. The following year, he was reclassified as 1-A, which meant “available for military service.” But not for long – because three weeks later, The Donald had that changed back to 2-S. Trump’s fourth 2-S deferment was in 1968, a few months before his graduation. After his graduation prevented him from getting a 2-S deferment, Trump got himself listed as 1-Y, which means “only in time of national emergency.” Ironically, this classification came just a month after Trump had an “Armed Forces Physical Examination,” which resulted in a “DISQ.” It is reported that this exam helped Trump obtain the medical deferment he needed to avoid military service for good.
The National Archives and Records Administration’s military records reveal that Trump’s number (356) was drawn the following year – and those five deferments were already in place.
It is revolting that a man who dodged military service would have the audacity to say that Senator John McCain – a man who has won a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery and service – does not qualify as a hero. It is perhaps even more revolting that a man who wouldn’t even think about serving his country thinks that he should be qualified to serve as President.
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