Draft-dodging tycoon Donald Trump, born with a silver spoon, has often made light of the risks and sufferings our veterans endure during their service while proclaiming his devotion to them in the next breath. You might recall how he compared his expensive boarding school to service in Vietnam, or how he didn’t like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for getting shot down and held in the Vietnamese prison camp for several years – “He’s not a war hero. I like people who weren’t captured.”
If you thought that was bad, brace yourself for this. Footage of a 1997 interview with Howard Stern has been uncovered in which a young Donald Trump compares his playboy lifestyle and the dangers of sexually transmitted infections to the dangers of the Vietnam War, in which nearly 60,000 Americans lost their lives in hellish conditions against a vicious lifestyle.
Social conservatives who love Trump should give pause once they hear of this disgusting boast from Trump: “I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam-era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”
This man clearly has no respect for our troops or the struggles they undertake to protect our freedoms and keep our nation safe. In no world can it possibly make sense to compare sleeping with so many women you put yourself at risk of disease with the horrors of the Vietnam War.
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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.