Trump to Vets: Your Votes Should Not Count

President Donald Trump’s trip to France was a train wreck. First, he blew off going to an American military cemetery to pay respects to fallen U.S. World War I soldiers because of rain (everyone else showed). Then he decided to skip a walk up the Champs Elysee with the other world leaders, who were seeking to show unity with each other — only he had Vladimir Putin arrived at the ceremony alone. Lastly, le left early to avoid attending a Peace Forum,  If those unforced errors were not enough insults to the military and veterans, he has now suggested that votes cast by active duty be ignored.

Trump Calls on Absentee Ballots to be Thrown Out

Trump was referring to the races in Florida, where the GOP candidates for governor, senator, and agriculture commissioner were declared winners on election night. Now that the votes from these races are being recounted, the outcome is very much in question.

What Trump fails to understand is that if that were done, all of the people who voted with an absentee ballot may not have their voice heard. These ballots must be mailed by November 6th but have until the 16th to arrive. Many of the votes that come in from outside of Florida and outside of the United States come from active duty military members. A large percentage of these votes — any that arrive between the 6th and the 16th — will not count if Trump has his way.

Trump has a longstanding problem consolidating the words he uses when he talks to and about veterans and the military and the things he does. While he never served in the armed services, he manages to act like he has. He has referenced his time at a military boarding school and seemed to believe that this counts as service. This week, he told reporters (referring to passages in  Michelle Obama’s new book about her feelings about Birtherism), “I’ll give you a little controversy back. I’ll never forgive (President Barack Obama) for what he did to our U.S. military. It was depleted, and I had to fix it. What he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you.”

Meanwhile, Trump tries to force the military to hold a ridiculously expensive North Korean style parade, is the first president to NOT visit active duty military personnel, and currently has thousands of troops on the U.S. border with Mexico to protect us from a dangerous caravan of migrants who posed an existential threat to the country before the election but vanished the day after.

Voting is probably the most fundamental right we have as Americans and is a big part of what our military fights for. Denying these people that right should fly in the face of what all Americans believe about our nation but apparently not. By saying only the votes that could be counted on election say should count, Trump is telling members of the military and their families that their voices no longer matter.