Donald Trump never served in the military. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth to exceedingly wealthy parents, he somehow managed to dodge the draft with a high number and a questionable foot injury. However, he did attend a military-themed private school, which he says left him with “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military,” and that he “always felt that I was in the military.”
Yes, Trump seems to feel that playing army at a school for the spawn of the overprivileged elite is just like real military service. He goes on to say in his new book, which he apparently wrote himself, that “after the Vietnam War, all those military academies lost ground because people really disrespected the military…They weren’t sending their kids to military school. It was a whole different thing, but in those days — 1964 I graduated — that was a very good thing or tough thing, and it was a real way of life at military academy.”
This, coming from the man who once mocked real war hero Sen. John McCain’s time in an Vietnamese prison camp, is especially offensive to the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line to defend our nation. Nothing is quite as pretentiously selfish as the self-assignment of accomplishments and accolades, and daring to compare his time at a high-priced boarding school to the onerous training regime of the United States Army is absolutely preposterous.
The book, titled “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,” is doubtlessly filled with even more self-aggrandizing and the masturbatory narcissism that has defined Donald Trump’s career and “presidential campaign.” This first revelation is just as unwelcome as the rest of whatever absurd fantasies of business acumen and patrician class that Donald fervently believes he has. He is a construct of materialism and the hubris of excessive wealth, and America is doing itself a real disservice by playing along with this delusional facade of a presidential campaign.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.