The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, more commonly known as the G.I. Bill, is one of the most significant pieces of legislation our nation has ever passed. A major contributor to the post-war economic boom that uplifted our nation to superpower status, the G.I. bill provided low-interest loans, covered tuition for higher education or vocational training, low-cost mortgages, and a year’s unemployment benefits to American veterans returning home from the Second World War. Over the years, it’s been expanded and updated to keep helping our brave military men and women re-assimilate into civilian life.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee and a man who says he “loves our veterans,” doesn’t know what the G.I. Bill is. CNN’s Chris Cuomo today asked Trump how he felt about a sneaky no-roll call vote in Congress to strip money from the G.I. bill and re-appropriate it elsewhere (which is a deplorable move from our tight-fisted do-nothing Congress in the first place) and whether we should keep the bill as it is.
Trump, in his usual way, attempted to dodge by babbling about how he loves the vets and knows so many vets, and they’re tremendous, etc, etc, etc. Cuomo then asked him straight up whether or not he supported the GI bill – and Trump said no. But he clearly has no idea what the subject was, because he then switched into a more incoherent babbling about trade deals – which has absolutely nothing to do with the GI bill:
No. I want to bring jobs back to our country and make the country grow again. I just traveled. I won so many states in a row in massive landslides and part of the reason was trade. Not what you brought up at the beginning of the show, totally inappropriate. Part of the reason I won was because of trade and I talk trade and I’m the only one that can do anything about trade.
Perhaps if Donald Trump hadn’t dodged the draft to embark on his own personal Vietnam of unprotected promiscuity, he’d know what the G.I. Bill is – and how important it is to our nation and to our veterans. Throughout this campaign, Trump has consistently shown a staggering disrespect for our veterans, using them as convenient political props to pull onstage at rallies and then discard like a wife he’s grown bored with. That has not gone unnoticed by the veterans’ community – which is why they are demanding he stop invoking them in every speech. It’s also why our vets overwhelmingly back Senator Bernie Sanders campaign – nobody has introduced more bills to help veterans in Congress than the Vermont Senator.
Every day that passes gives us more evidence that Donald Trump is supremely unqualified to be President. His ignorance of the G.I. Bill carries an insult with the injury.
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Colin Taylor is the 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.